Yuzuru Hanyu overcame a sub-par free skate and hung on to win the Olympic gold medal at the Sochi Games on Friday night.

In doing so Hanyu became the first Japanese man to capture the Olympic gold in figure skating. He joins Shizuka Arakawa (winner at the 2006 Turin Games) as the only Japanese to claim skating's Holy Grail.

It is Japan’s first gold medal of the games. In achieving the feat, Hanyu became the second-youngest man to take the title at 19 years, 69 days.