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Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu returned to competition for the first time since his collision with China’s Yan Han three weeks ago and fell twice in his short program at the NHK Trophy on Friday night to end up in fifth place.

Hanyu, skating last, hit the ice on his opening quadruple toe loop to the groans of the partisan crowd at Namihaya Dome, but recovered to execute a nice triple axel, before falling again on a planned triple lutz/triple toe loop combination jump.

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