Figure Skating - Hanyu seals famous Olympic-World double

Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu's superb free skate made him the first man in 12 years to win the Olympic and world figure skating titles in the same year.

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Gold medallist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan (R) and his compatriot silver medallist Tatsuki Machida pose with their national flag during the award ceremony following the men's free program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama (Reuters)

The 19-year-old, who trailed fellow Japanese Tatsuki Machida by nearly seven points after the short program in Saitama, produced a near-flawless free skate to finish with 282.59 points, just three-tenths of a point ahead of Machida.

Javier Fernandez of Spain was third with 275.93.

"That was very close," Hanyu said. "I work hard to become a skater who can always end with strong performances. I felt the responsibility to win the event."

Hanyu fell twice while winning the free skate in Sochi but had no falls on Friday.

His only deduction came on the triple flip and he got extra points on five straight jumps.

The men's Olympic-worlds double was last achieved by Alexei Yagudin in 2002.

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