Mao Asada in the Lead at Skating Championships

Mao Asada Mao Asada

Mao Asada is leading after the short program in the International Skating Union World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan on Thursday.

Asada set a new world record in the short program of 78.66 points -- 42.81 points in total elements score and 35.85 points in program components score, breaking by 0.16 points the previous world record of 78.50 set by now retired Kim Yu-na at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Korea's Park So-youn is in 13th place with 57.22 points and Kim Hae-jin in 19th with 51.83. The women's free skate will take place on Saturday.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 28, 2014 12:50 KST