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Si-Bak Sung, of South Korea, short track speed skating
Good Friday for Sung with two silver medals


26 Feb 2010
Short track speed skater Sung Si-Bak won two silver medals on the same day at the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Friday. After finishing second in the men’s 500 metres, Sung helped the Korea Republic secure silver behind Canada in the 5,000-metre relay which closed the short track competition at Pacific Coliseum.

World champion Charles Hamelin of Canada won the men's 500-metre short track gold in 40.770 seconds. The 23-year-old Sung finished second in 40.821, followed by another Canadian, Francois-Louis Tremblay, in 41.326.

Sung, with team mates Kwak Yoon-Gy, Lee Ho-Suk and Lee Jung-Su, had to settle for silver again in the 5,000-metre relay, behind Canada. The home team finished strongly to win in 6 minutes, 43.610, followed by defending Olympic champions Korea in 6:43.845 and the United States in 6:44.498.

The two silver medals proved to be late consolation for Sung, who missed out on a medal in the 1,500 metres at the beginning of the Games when he collided with Korean team mate Lee Ho-Suk on the final turn and slid out of contention.

Korea ended the day with 14 medals, comprised of six gold, six silver and two bronze, eclipsing the 11 medals they won in Turin 2006 with six gold, three silver and two bronze.
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