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Park wins womens 1,000m short track.
Korea’s Park Seung-Hi ends short track with her second gold of Sochi 2014

21 Feb 2014
Sochi, Russia: The last day of short track at the Iceberg Skating Palace on Friday night brought a late flurry of medals for Korea and China, led by a gold for Korea’s Park Seung-Hi in the ladies’ 1000 metres. Park, 21, finished in 1 minute, 30.761 seconds, ahead of China’s Fan Kexin, who took silver in 1:30.811, and Shim Suk Hee, also of Korea, who won the bronze in a time of 1:31.027. The two Koreans controlled the race until Fan attacked on the outside to break up the duopoly and prevent a Korean 1-2.

Park collected her second gold medal of Sochi 2014 – the only woman to do so in short track – after being a member of the successful 3000m relay team earlier in the week. “For the last four years we trained really hard and today’s success is the result of this training,” she said. “The Korean team has a very strong mental capability. I think today’s result shows this.”

Park said there was no secret to her success – just hard training. “I am also an experienced athlete, which helped me a lot,” she added. “Every day I train seven to eight hours in Korea - sometimes more, sometimes less. But basically I keep to the seven to eight hours a day schedule.”

Shim, only 17, earned her third medal of Sochi 2014 – a gold in the 3000m relay, silver in the 1500m and now bronze in the 1000m. “I have been through many different experiences and emotions in winning these medals and have learned a lot,” she said.

Russia won the other two gold medals on the night – through Korean turned Russian citizen Victor An in the men’s 500m and in the men’s 5000m relay team. China’s Wu Dajing, 19, won the silver medal in the 500m after leading until the last lap. An, who had been last to the first corner and had to work his way through the field, clocked 41.312 seconds ahead of Wu in 41.516.

In the relay, China finished third behind Russia and USA and earned bronze medals for Chen Dequan, Han Tianyu, Shi Jingnan and Wu Dajing – his second medal of the night. In the five-team final, China and the Netherlands crashed on the first lap of the 45-lap race, leaving Kazakhstan in third place behind Russia and USA. But the Chinese overtook the Kazakhs with 11 laps to go, followed by the Dutch, and an exhausted Kazakhstan team eventually finished fifth and last.
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