Kim Yu-na Takes Gold

Kim Yu-na reacts after finishing the ladies free skating at the Vancouver Olympics on Friday. /Yonhap Kim Yu-na reacts after finishing the ladies' free skating at the Vancouver Olympics on Friday. /Yonhap

Olympic favorite Kim Yu-na delighted fans around the world by winning the gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver on Friday with a record score.

Performing perfectly to George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, Kim scored 150.06 points in the ladies' free skating at the Pacific Coliseum. Combined with her 78.5 points in the short program on Wednesday, the total score was 228.56 points, breaking the previous world record of 210.03 points which she set in the Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard in Paris last October.

Kim's arch rival Asada Mao of Japan took the silver medal with 205.5 points and Canada's Rochette Joannie the bronze with 202.64 points. Korean figure skater Kwak Min-jung finished 13th with a personal best score of 155.53 points.

Twenty-year-old Kim is the first Korean figure skater ever to win an Olympic medal.

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englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 26, 2010 14:31 KST