Yuzuru Hanyu grabbed the lead after the short program in men's singles with an absolutely magnificent performance that resulted in a world-record score at the Iceberg Skating Palace on Thursday night.

Hanyu skated to "Parisian Walkways" and received a total of 101.45 points, the highest ever in an international competition. He will take a commanding lead of nearly four points into Friday's free skate.

In the face of immense pressure, the Sendai native looked remarkably calm and executed his elements in clinical fashion. He became the first skater ever to top the 100-point mark in an International Skating Union event.