Israel's Alexei Bychenko (C) reacts after competing in the men's single skating free skating of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, on February 17, 2018.
Hanyu on Saturday attributed his victories to the support of many friends, coaches and fans, hundreds of whom packed the Gangneung Ice Arena to wave Japanese flags, shout "Yuzu!" and toss Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed toys onto the ice.
Israel has never won a medal in the Winter Olympics, but has fielded more athletes in recent years, partly in thanks to an influx of immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
In a major shock of the Alpine skiing events, Ledecka of Czech Republic, the first athlete to compete in two different sports at a Winter Olympics, shockingly won women's super-G title.
The 23-year-old won a gold medal in PyeongChang on Saturday, making him the first male skater since 1952 to win back-to-back Olympic golds.
"I'm not fully healed, I really pushed it hard and there were some jumps and elements that I could not perform, but I forced myself to do so", revealed Hanyu, who damaged ankle ligaments in a training accident in November. "I just thought, "skate" - and I trusted", he added. "I don't know if this is the best of my skating life, but I can say from my heart that I skated my best today".
Shoma Uno of Japan landed silver with a score of 306.90, while Spain's Javier Fernandez won bronze with a score of 305.24, respectively.
For the second night in a row, the ice was filled with Winnie the Pooh bears after Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu finished his spectacular program. Canada follows close behind (15) after Samuel Girard won gold in men's 1000m short track speed skating Sunday. I even thought it wasn't a ideal performance today it was a good one. "I cherished every competition, and I need to focus on the details", said Jin. "I did what I meant to do".
Two-time American champion Nathan Chen was hoping to win gold, but the pressure and expectations got to him in the short program. He did it with an historic routine featuring six quads.
Winter Olympics: Yuzuru Hanyu wins men's figure skating gold again
Coming into the free skate, Chen trailed Hanyu by almost 30 points.
Chen's quadruple flip-double toe combination jump during his long program on Saturday.
As always, he left the ice to a swarm of cascading Winnie The Pooh dolls flooding the ice.
Remarkable journey For Fernandez, it was the ideal way to end his last Olympics, claiming Spain's first ever figure skating medal.
"It means a lot for my country", Fernandez said.
After the worst collapse of his brilliant figure-skating career, Nathan Chen retreated to his room in the Olympic athletes' village Friday and, for once, didn't dissect his shortcomings in clinical detail. He even did the sixth quad, a loop, getting full credit for the four rotations though he put his hands down on the ice on it.
He led all three USA skaters into the top 10 as his 127.64 points for technical virtuosity put him in another stratosphere, and his 215.08 points for the free skate were a personal high.
"It's been such a wild ride over my short 17 years", Zhou said. "I stayed calm after the mistake and was able to give a good performance".
On both days of the men's singles competition, Rippon didn't attempt any of the pyrotechnics - especially the soaring quads - that earn the highest technical scores.
President Buhari congratulates South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa kicked off his first State of the Nation Address (SONA ) on Friday by praising his predecessor. Ajay Gupta is considered to be a fugitive after he failed to turn himself in, police told South African media.