Sochi: Ice Skater's World Record Has Japanese Viewers Up Late

Japanese skater Hanyu broke the world record in the short program early on Friday morning
Japanese skater Hanyu broke the world record in the short program early on Friday morning
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TOKYO – Figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu's record-breaking short program aired in the early hours of Friday morning, Japan time, registered viewing figures of 13.4 percent for the broadcast on NHK, according to figures from Video Research Inc.

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The event began at midnight on Thursday, but Hanyu didn't take the ice until around 3 a.m. Nevertheless 13.4 percent in the Kanto region around Tokyo, and 15.3 percent in the Kansai area around Osaka, toughed it out to watch the 19-year-old score 101.45 from the judges — a new world record and the first performance by a male skater to break 100 points — on public broadcaster NHK's main terrestrial channel.

Hanyu competes in the freestyle program on Friday night, and is favored to win gold for Japan.

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