Updated: Sunday, 08 December 2013 03:10 | By Agence France-Presse

Kim Yu-Na wins Golden Spin despite fall

Olympic champion Kim Yu-Na overcame a fall to clinch victory at the Golden Spin on Saturday as the South Korean figure skater marked her season debut following an injury lay-off with an impressive triumph.


Kim Yu-Na wins Golden Spin despite fall

Kim Yu-Na, representing South Korea, performs in the Ladies Free Skating event at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships March 16, 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada

The 23-year-old world champion had been off the ice since picking up a metatarsal injury in her right foot in September, but is working herself back to competitive shape in an attempt to defend her Olympic title in Sochi in February.

Despite falling on a triple Lutz in her free programme, she then completed her performance to "Adios Nonino" with no further setbacks to take victory with a score of 204.49 points.

Japan's former two-time world champion Mao Asada, returning to competition after having a baby in April, finished on 204.02 points.

Two-time world champion Miki Ando also skated in Zagreb and scored 176.82 points.

The Zagreb event was Ando's last before the 2007 and 2011 world champion attempts to make the Olympics at Japanese nationals later this month.

Kim is bidding to become just the third woman to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating titles and first since since Germany's Katarina Witt in 1984 and 1988.

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