Huge crowds cerebrate Hanyu's consecutive Olympic win
Jiji -- Apr 23
About 108,000 people cerebrated figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu during a parade in his hometown of Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, on Sunday for winning the second consecutive Olympic gold medal, in the Pyeongchang Winter Games in February.

After Miyagi Governor Yoshihiro Murai and Sendai Mayor Kazuko Kori praised Hanyu's back-to-back win, the first achievement by a male figure skater in 66 years, and gave him a commendation and commemorative gift in a ceremony, Hanyu started parading at 1:30 p.m. (4:30 a.m. GMT).

During the 1.1-kilometer parade in the northeastern Japan city, which took about 40 minutes, Hanyu responded to cheers from the huge crowds by waving hands and making various gestures.

"I took a close look at Hanyu for the first time, and he was very cool," said Itsuki Kajima, a 10-year-old local boy.

"Everyone was so excited out there," said a woman in her 40s from Okayama Prefecture, western Japan, wearing a T-shirt designed for the event. "I'm happy with my wish for watching the parade coming true."

平昌(ピョンチャン)オリンピックで2大会連続の金メダルを獲得した羽生結弦選手の祝賀パレードが出身地の仙台市で22日午後に行われます。すでに多くのファンでにぎわっています。 東京から来た人:「夜の6時(から並んだ)。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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