March 28, 2014 12:50
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.
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