February 19, 2014 11:54
The Korean women's short track team reclaimed the Olympic title in the 3,000-m relay in style on Tuesday, shaking off the trauma of disqualification four years ago.
At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Korea came first and celebrated, only to be rudely woken up a few minutes later when the judges in a controversial call disqualified them for blocking a Chinese skater.
On Tuesday, the team of Cho Ha-ri, Kim A-lang, Park Seung-hi, and Shim Suk-hee clocked 4:09.498 to take the gold ahead of Canada and Italy at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, Russia.
It is Korea's second gold medal so far.
The Korean team led for most of the race until China took the lead with three laps to go. But Shim made a late charge on the outside lane and retook the lead with just half a lap remaining.
China's Fan Kexin, who had completed her race after the handover to Li Jianrou with just two laps remaining, lingered on the track to obstruct Shim, leading to China’s disqualification.
Shim and Park will compete for another medal in the women's 1,000-m race on Saturday.
Meanwhile, defending Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na will compete in the short program at the same venue on Wednesday. She will skate 17th out of 30 competitors.
As of Wednesday, Korea ranked 15th with two gold, one silver and one bronze in the medal tally.
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