Yuzuru Hanyu leads comfortably after the men’s short program at the Helsinki stage of the Grand Prix figure skating series after landing two clean quads.

The Olympic champion from Japan was nearly flawless in the Saturday skate, aside from a wobble coming out of his quad toe-triple toe combination.

Hanyu will go into Sunday’s free skate with a 16-point edge over second-place Michal Brezina. The Czech also made no significant errors but was slightly less ambitious than Hanyu, putting his quad salchow-triple toe combination at the opening — compared to later on for Hanyu.

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan with his coaches before his performance routine during the men's short program at the figure skating ISU Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday Nov. 3, 2018. (Martti Kainilainen/Lehtikuva via AP)
Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan with his coaches before his performance routine during the men’s short program at the figure skating ISU Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday Nov. 3, 2018. (Martti Kainilainen/Lehtikuva via AP)

China’s Jin Boyang was in a distant third.

Despite dominating the field, Hanyu said “I need to train more.”

Japanese spectators following a performance by Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan during the men's short program at the figure skating ISU Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland , Saturday Nov. 3, 2018. (Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva via AP)
Japanese spectators following a performance by Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan during the men’s short program at the figure skating ISU Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland , Saturday Nov. 3, 2018. (Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva via AP)

Brezina, who is bouncing back from a couple of disappointing seasons, said he’s been feeling more relaxed as he gets older.

“I’m not really thinking about skating as the main thing that stresses me out,” the 28-year-old said.

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs his routine during the men's short program at the figure skating ISU Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday Nov. 3, 2018. (Martti Kainilainen/Lehtikuva via AP)
Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs his routine during the men’s short program at the figure skating ISU Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday Nov. 3, 2018. (Martti Kainilainen/Lehtikuva via AP)

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Source: The Associated Press

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