February 18

South Korea wins women’s Olympic 3,000

Four years ago in Vancouver, the South Koreans finished first, but were disqualified and China got the gold.

By Beth Harris
The Associated Press

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The South Korean team, top left, the Canadian team, front left, and the Italian team, top and bottom right, pose for photographers during the flower ceremony for the women’s 3000m short track speedskating relay final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. South Korea placed first, followed by Canada and Italy.

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The South Korea-born Ahn made it safely through his heat, cheered loudly by the mostly Russian crowd at Iceberg Skating Palace. He won his adopted country’s first gold in the capricious sport in the 1,000, and earned a bronze in the 1,500. Ahn became a Russian citizen in 2011, after winning three gold medals for South Korea at the 2006 Winter Games.

In the biggest surprise, Charles Hamelin of Canada was leading on the last lap of his heat when he crashed and smashed into the pads. It appeared he caught a blade in the turn and went down. He won gold in the 1,500 on the first day of short track in Sochi.

J.R. Celski of Federal Way, Wash., was the lone American to advance in his last individual event.

Others advancing included Park Se-yeong and Lee Han-bin of South Korea, Wu Dajing, Liang Wenhao and 1,500 silver medalist Han Tianyu of China, and Vladimir Grigorev of Russia, the silver medalist in the 1,000.

Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands was advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s 1,000 after tripping on a falling skater, keeping alive her bid to win Olympic medals in both short and long track speedskating. The Dutchwoman already won a gold medal in the 1,500 at the big oval.

Jessica Smith of Melvindale, Mich., and Emily Scott of Springfield, Mo., also advanced. The only big name not progressing was China’s Liu, who was disqualified for impeding.

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