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Yuzuru Hanyu takes Osaka lead

Updated: February 8, 2013, 2:31 PM ET
Associated Press

OSAKA, Japan -- Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan led after the men's short program at the figure skating Four Continents, upstaging Daisuke Takahashi on Friday.

Hanyu opened with a quad toeloop and completed a flawless triple axel for a score of 87.65 points. His only mistake came when he popped a triple lutz triple on a combination jump.

"I don't know the reason I popped the lutz," Hanyu said. "But I felt I did really well otherwise and put myself in a great position for tomorrow's free skate."

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