Plushenko calls it quits

Russian figure skating great Evgeni Plushenko headed into retirement after withdrawing from the men's event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Plushenko jarred his back during the warm-up for the short programme on Thursday night and informed officials that he was unable to skate. He later confirmed he would be retiring from the sport.

The 31-year-old has been hoping to win an unprecedented fifth Olympic figure skating medal.

He won gold in the men's individual event in Turin in 2006 and also finished runner-up in 2002 and 2010. Earlier this week he helped Russia win the new team event.

In Plushenko's absence, Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu stole the show, his record score of 101.45 putting him top of the leaderboard ahead of Canadian Patrick Chan (97.52) and Javier Fernandez of Spain (86.98).

The medals will be decided in Friday's free programme.