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Canada's Messing to replace Olympic champ Hanyu at Grand Prix final

Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan will miss the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final due to a right ankle injury, the Japan Skating Federation said Thursday.

Right ankle injury forces Japanese star to miss Vancouver event

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Yuzuru Hanyu withdrew from the Grand Prix finals on Thursday after sustaining a right ankle injury. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/The Associated Press)
Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan will miss the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final due to a right ankle injury, the Japan Skating Federation said Thursday.

Canada's Keegan Messing, 26, has been issued an invitation as Hanyu's replacement, which would make him the lone Canadian at the Vancouver event from Dec. 6-8.

The 23-year-old Hanyu twisted his right ankle during a practice at the Rostelecom Cup on Nov. 17, and will be unable to compete.

Hanyu's withdrawal means Shoma Uno will be the lone Japanese male taking part.

In addition to winning back-to-back Olympic golds and world championships, Hanyu won the Grand Prix Final four consecutive times between 2013 and 2016. He was aiming to become the first skater, male or female, to win five GP titles overall.

The GP Final features the top six skaters from the International Skating Union's Grand Prix series. Hanyu qualified by winning the Grand Prix of Helsinki and the Rostelecom Cup.

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