Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu added a second straight Grand Prix Final to his growing gold medal collection on Saturday, winning the second biggest international competition of the season.
Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and World champion, totaled 288.16 points to win by a whopping 34.26 over Spain’s Javier Fernandez. Russian Sergey Voronov won bronze.
Hanyu, 20, scored a personal-best 194.08 in the free skate — 19.36 better than anyone else — landing two quadruple jumps and falling on a triple jump. Hanyu won last year’s Grand Prix Final with 293.25 total points.
His winning margin in Barcelona was the second-highest in men’s Grand Prix Final history, behind Yevgeny Plushenko in 2004.
He became the second man to repeat as Grand Prix Final champion in the event’s 20-year history, joining Plushenko and Patrick Chan.
Only Chan has scored higher point totals overall and in a free skate.
Hanyu recovered after suffering a head injury in a warm-up collison at Cup of China on Nov. 8 and sneaking into the Grand Prix Final in the sixth and final qualifying spot by .15 of a point in the last Grand Prix series event two weeks ago.
He is now favored to become the first Japanese man to win multiple World Championships in Shanghai in March. Though his mission may be complicated if Olympic silver medalist and three-time World champion Chan returns later this season.
Fernandez, the reigning World bronze medalist, landed two quadruple jumps in his free skate to secure silver after a disastrous fifth-place short program. That’s his best showing in three trips to the Grand Prix Final. He and Hanyu share a coach in two-time Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser.
Voronov, 27, was making his Grand Prix Final debut after five World Championships appearances, where he never placed better than seventh. He captured Russia’s first men’s Grand Prix Final medal since Plushenko won in 2004.
Japan’s Tatsuki Machida, the reigning World silver medalist, fell three times in his free skate Saturday and plummeted from second place in the short program to finish last of six skaters.
Earlier in ice dance, Canadian World silver medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje held on to win by 14.05 points over U.S. Olympians Madison Chock and Evan Bates. U.S. Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the previous five Grand Prix Finals but are sitting out this season.
“A year ago if you told us we’d be second at the Grand Prix Final, we would definitely both be ecstatic about that,” said Bates, who finished eighth in Sochi with Chock and was making his Grand Prix Final debut.
Gold: Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) — 288.16
Silver: Javier Fernandez (ESP) — 253.9
Bronze: Sergey Voronov (RUS) — 244.53
4. Maksim Kovtun (RUS) — 242.27
5. Takahito Mura (JPN) — 235.37
6. Tatsuki Machida (JPN) — 216.13
Gold: Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (CAN) — 181.14
Silver: Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) — 167.09
Bronze: Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) — 162.39
4. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) — 158.94
5. Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier (CAN) — 158.16
6. Yelena Ilinykh/Ruslan Zhiganshin (RUS) — 156.46
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