Feb 24, 2010 1:05 AM

Flatt skates personal best and is 5th after short program

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - World champion Kim Yu-na has set a world best in routing a strong field in the women's short program at the Vancouver Olympics.

Seeking South Korea's first figure skating medal, Kim has earned 78.50 points, giving her a huge 4.72-point edge over her chief rival, Japan's Mao Asada.

Canada's Joannie Rochette's brave, heart-wrenching performance two days after her mother died has her in third place heading into Thursday's free skate, 2.52 points in back of Asada.

Japan's Miki Ando is fourth, followed by Americans Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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