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Peerless Lewis Hamilton waited out a torrential downpour before snatching pole position at the Malaysian Grand Prix in a wet and wild qualifying session on Saturday. The Mercedes driver and reigning world champion set a fastest time of 1min 49.834sec, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, after rain halted qualifying for 35 minutes. The commanding drive from Hamilton, hit by mechanical problems this week, will fuel his charge towards a second race win after he dominated the season-opener in Australia. Vettel was the day's other big winner and he whooped and hollered to his team as he seized second place from Mercedes' Nico Rosberg in the dying seconds.
European figure skating champion Javier Fernandez became the first Spanish man to win the world singles title Saturday, as Russian teenager Elizaveta Tuktamysheva clinched the women's gold in Shanghai. Fernandez, who has twice won the bronze medal at the World Figure Skating Championships, overcame last year's winner Yuzuru Hanyu in dramatic style to claim the biggest title of his career. "This is going to give me a lot of energy to practise hard and keep competing and try my best," added Fernandez, who won the last three European crowns and finished fourth at last year's Sochi Winter Games. The Japanese pin-up was returning to competition for the first time since comfortably defending his Grand Prix Final title in Barcelona in mid-December.