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Korea's Kim leads brave Rochette

Kim Yu-Na

Korea's Kim leads after short programme

South Korean Kim Yu-Na lived up to her tag of favourite to set a new world's best and lead the women's figure skating after the short programme.

The reigning world champion, 19, nailed all her jumps, opening with a triple lutz/triple toeloop combination and landing a triple flip and double axel.

Kim scored 78.50 to open a 4.74-point lead on Mao Asada of Japan.

Canada's Joannie Rochette, who showed tremendous courage to compete just two days after her mother died, is third.

The 24-year-old from Quebec, whose mother passed away after suffering a heart attack shortly after arriving in Vancouver, was given a standing ovation from the crowd after her solid performance, which earned her a season's best 71.36 points.

Kim showed few signs of the pressure on her as she bids to become South Korea's first Olympic figure skating champion.

After her near flawless two-and-a-half minute performance, she said: "I have been waiting for this for a really long time. I felt comfortable and I was able to enjoy my short programme."

Britain's Jenna McCorkell failed to qualify for Thursday's medal-deciding free skate after taking a tumble in her short programme.

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