Veteran Skater Defies Age Barrier at 6th Olympics, But Medal Eludes Him

Six-time Olympian Lee Kyou-hyuk finished 21st in his last Olympic appearance on Wednesday after clocking a time of 1:10.049 minutes in the men's 1,000-m speed skating.

The 35-year-old veteran skater debuted at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer and ranked as one of the best sprinters on the World Cup circuit and at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships for many years afterwards. He is one of just four men to win the championships four times.

Lee Kyou-hyuk competes in the mens 1,000-m speed skating final at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Wednesday in Sochi, Russia. Lee Kyou-hyuk competes in the men's 1,000-m speed skating final at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Wednesday in Sochi, Russia.

However, his two-decade hunt for an Olympic medal ended this week in frustration.

Lee also competed in the men's 500-m event on Monday and finished 18th after clocking 70.65 seconds.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 13, 2014 10:07 KST