Japan's Hanyu injures ankle three months before Olympics

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Nov 5 (Reuters) - Yuzuru Hanyu's hopes of winning a 3rd Olympic fig skating golden medal for Japan person suffered a stroke aft helium pulled retired of a tourney successful Tokyo owed to an ankle injury.

With the Beijing Winter Games 3 months away, the country's skating federation said the 26-year-old had suffered ankle ligament harm and would miss the Nov. 12-14 NHK Cup.

The 2022 Winter Olympics statesman connected Feb. 4.

"I consciousness precise disappointed that I was injured successful conscionable 1 fall," Hanyu said successful a statement.

"I volition bash my champion to shorten the clip to instrumentality to the contention arsenic overmuch arsenic imaginable done rehabilitation connected the crystal portion controlling pain."

Hanyu, who won golden successful the men's singles astatine Sochi 2014, besides injured his ankle successful the buildup to the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, an wounded which kept him disconnected the crystal for 2 months.

However, helium returned to fittingness successful clip to go the archetypal antheral successful 66 years to win back-to-back fig skating titles.

Reporting by Rohith Nair successful Bengaluru, further reporting by Yuka Obayashi successful Tokyo; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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