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Kim Yu-na leads ladies single at season opener

All Headlines 03:21 October 17, 2009

PARIS, Oct. 16 (Yonhap) -- Reigning world champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea won the short program on Friday at the Grand Prix figure skating series opener of the 2009-2010 season in Paris.

The 19-year-old skater received 76.08 points at Trophee Eric Bompard, just behind her personal best and world record of 76.12 set at the world championship in March.

Japan's Mao Asada, a former world champion, received 58.96, ranking third after her compatriot Yukari Nagano with 59.64. Asada failed to complete her trademark triple axel at the beginning of her program.

Kim, eyeing her first gold in the Vancouver Winter Olympics next year, skated to a medley of James Bond movie themes in the short program with a flawless triple lutz-triple toe loop combination jump and textbook spirals and spins.

She will perform the long program on Saturday to seal her first victory of the season ahead of the Winter Olympics.


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