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Yu-na Wins Short Program 기사
유유 | 2009.02.06 | 조회 5464
Kim Yu-na is close to claiming her first gold medal at the International Skating Union (ISU) Four Continents Championships as she set a world record in the ladies' short program.

In the highly-touted duel between Kim and Mao Asada at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada, Wednesday, the 18-year-old South Korean scored 72.24 points to beat Joannie Rochette of Canada with a margin of 5.34. Another Canadian, Cynthia Phaneuf, came in third on 60.98.

World and Grand Prix final champion Mao Asada struggled in jump and spin to finish sixth on 57.86 points.

The score Kim notched on the night bettered her own world mark, 71.95 points, set at the world championships in 2007, by 0.29.

Her compatriots Kim Na-young and Kim Hyeon-jung gained 43.94 and 41.64, respectively, to earn berths in the free skating, which were awarded to the top 24 skaters. That event is scheduled for Friday (Saturday in KST).

On the ice, world No. 3 Kim was peerless.

She opened her routine to ``Danse Macabre'' with a solid triple flip-triple toeloop combination and landed a triple lutz effortlessly.

The two-time Grand Prix final winner skated with energy and confidence, performing as if she is a top contender for the Vancouver Olympics next year

``When I was preparing for the Four Continents, I tried to stay healthy because last year I was having injuries in February. I couldn't prepare so well. So this season I'm in my best condition and to have achieved the highest score makes me very happy," Kim, who was in surprise as she found her score, said.

``It took me a long time to clean up this program and I'm so happy that I did it today."

Asada, a reigning Four Continents champion, was shaky, doubling a lutz and slipping in her combination.

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