Hanyu Plays Down Asthma Fears After Losing To Chen
Muhammad Rameez 1 month ago Fri 16th April 2021 | 06:48 PM
Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu insisted his asthma will not hamper his title defence at next year's Beijing Games, despite losing again to rival Nathan Chen on Friday
Osaka, Japan, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Apr, 2021 ) :Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu insisted his asthma will not hamper his title defence at next year's Beijing Games, despite losing again to rival Nathan Chen on Friday.
But he said he had not suffered another flare-up this week in Osaka, chalking his loss down to simple technical errors.
"Honestly, I don't have any problems with my asthma," said Hanyu, who finished second behind Chen with a free programme score of 193.76.
"I didn't feel it. I felt really fine at this competition. I had some little mistakes in the short programme and I'm disappointed with my free programme because I had a big mistake. I need to train more." Hanyu skipped this season's Grand Prix series over concerns that his asthma would put him at higher risk if he caught the coronavirus.
"It hasn't been a normal life, with your emotions and not being able to eat the food you usually eat," he said.
"So, given the conditions, I think I did well." Chen won the free programme with a score of 203.24, one day after finishing on top in the short programme.
"I don't know what other guys will look like by then, I don't know what the season will look like, and I don't know how many competitions I'll have," he said.
"So, right now, I'll just enjoy the season that I had, go home, rest, recover and get myself refreshed for the following season."Chen's win was not enough to put the US on top of the overall table with one day remaining.