Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu lands 1st-ever quad loop in competition

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu made history on Friday at the Autumn Classic International in Montreal, landing the first ever quad loop in official ISU competition. He would go on to win gold in the men's short program.

Figure skaters have now landed all quad variations except the axel

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu is now recognized as the first skater to land a quaduple loop fully rotated and clean in competition. He is shown here at the 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships. (Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

Yuzuru Hanyu has added his name to the record books (again).

The Japanese figure skater landed the first clean quad loop ever in competition on Friday during the men's short program at the Autumn Classic International in Montreal. 

Hanyu is no stranger to raising the bar. He is the current record holder for highest score in combined total, short program and free skate, and became the first Asian man to win Olympic gold in the men's event in 2014.

Though his program on Friday wasn't perfect, Hanyu's impressive feat gave him a high enough score to take first in the competition.

Hanyu joins a list of other international figure skating competitors who have landed record quad jumps of their own.

Canada's Kurt Browning was the first to officially land any kind of quadruple jump in competition, his being a quad toe loop in 1988. American Brandon Mroz holds the record for first successful quad lutz and Japan's Shoma Uno was the first skater to land a quad flip.

Only the quad axel remains, which carries a higher level of difficulty because it would require four and a half rotations rather than just four.

You can see Hanyu's short program in it's entirety below. He lands the quad loop at about the 40 second mark.


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