Kim Yu-na-world championships

LONDON, Canada, March 16 (Yonhap) -- Kim Yu-na is back atop the figure skating world.

The South Korean star captured the ladies' competition at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships here in Canada on Saturday with 218.31 points in total. She scored 148.34 points to lead Saturday's free skating, adding to her 69.97 points that also topped the field in the short program on Thursday.

This is Kim's second world title, following the 2009 victory in Los Angeles. She was skating at the worlds for the first time since 2011, when she finished second.

Carolina Kostner of Italy, the 2012 world champion, finished second to Kim with 197.89 total points. She was second behind Kim in short program with 66.86 points and earned 131.03 points in free skating.

Mao Asada of Japan finished third with 196.47 points.

Kim sat out the entire 2011-12 season and the early portion of the 2012-13 season while contemplating her future. She only returned to competition in December last year but had won both of the events she entered since the comeback -- the NRW Trophy in Germany in December and the South Korean national title in January -- before the worlds.

By taking the world title, Kim also gave South Korea three spots in ladies' figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. She needed to finish in the top two to win three Olympic berths for the country. A place between third and 10th would have meant two Olympic tickets.

At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, South Korea sent two female skaters, Kim and Kwak Min-jung. The country has never had three figure skaters at a single Winter Olympics.

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