Kim Yu-na Finishes Short Program with Record Score

Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na has proved that she is the heavy favorite for a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Kim finished first in the ladies' singles short program at the Pacific Coliseum on Tuesday with a new world record of 78.5 points. Performing to a James Bond medley, she scored 44.7 points in executed elements and 33.8 points in factored program components.

Kim Yu-na finishes her performance with an action inspired by the James Bond title sequence in the ladies figure skating short program at the Vancouver Olympics on Tuesday. /Yonhap Kim Yu-na finishes her performance with an action inspired by the James Bond title sequence in the ladies' figure skating short program at the Vancouver Olympics on Tuesday. /Yonhap

Her arch rival Mao Asada of Japan trailed Kim with 73.78 points, followed by Canada's Rochette Joannie (71.36 points) and Japan's Miki Ando (64.76 points). Korean figure skater Kwak Min-jung was placed 16th with 53.16 points.

The free skating event will be held on Friday.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 24, 2010 15:04 KST