SEOUL, October 6, 2013 - The world’s best short track speed skaters were back in action this
weekend in Seoul, Korea, for the second stop of the 2013-2014 Samsung
ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating series. Last weekend was an
exciting start to the season, with some great racing; more of the same
is expected this weekend, with the Korean athletes skating on home ice.
After two full days of racing that saw the skaters compete through
the rounds of prepreliminaries all the way to the heats for each of the
distances, today was the time to move into the finals of the 1500m and
500m for both the ladies and men.
The Ladies’ 1500m was won by Alang Kim of Korea, with her teammate
Suk Hee Shim right behind her; these skaters swapped podium positions
from last weekend’s racing. The third place finisher was Valerie Maltais
of Canada. The fans were close to being delighted by an all-Korean
podium finish. However, Seung-Hi Park, who crossed the line in third
place, received a penalty. The win by Kim puts her at the top of the
World Cup distance classification, tied with her teammate Shim. In third
place overall in the standings is Jorien Ter Mors (Netherlands), who
won the B Final.
The Men’s 1500m final saw some very close racing, with six strong
skaters who excel at this distance. With two laps to go, Charles Hamelin
(Canada) made his final move to edge out Han-Bin Lee (Korea) for the
win. Victor An of Russia was the third-place finisher after skating in
the top two positions in the second half of the race. The win allows
Hamelin to take the lead in the World Cup distance classification, with
An in second place. Defending World Cup champion and last weekend’s
winner of the 1500m, Jinkyu Noh, is not racing this weekend.
In the Ladies’ 500m event, defending World Cup distance champion and
Ladies World Champion Meng Wang of China, was back to winning ways. Wang
took the lead in the second lap to finish first in the 500m final, with
her teammate Kexin Fan a close second.
Arianna Fontana (Italy) was third. Fan maintains her lead in the World Cup ranking for the distance.
Meanwhile, the Men’s 500m final was won by Victor An, who made a
great pass on Dajing Wu (China) with two laps to go. This was An’s
second podium finish of the day. Wu eventually crossed the line in
second place, ahead of Se Yeong Park of Korea. Unfortunately, 500m
specialist Vladimir Grigorev of Russia was unable to make much of an
impression, following a fall midway through the race. His fourth place
does, though, allow Grigorev to take the lead in the World Cup
classification for the distance.
Racing resumes Sunday with the 1000m and Relay events for both the ladies and men.
Samsung ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating – Seoul (KOR)
Top 3 Results - Saturday
1 WANG, Meng CHN 43.038
2 FAN, Kexin CHN 43.130
3 FONTANA, Arianna ITA 43.351
1 AN, Victor RUS 40.764
2 WU, Dajing CHN 40.938
3 PARK, Se Yeong KOR 42.301
1 KIM, Alang KOR 2:23.400
2 SHIM, Suk Hee KOR 2:23.501
3 MALTAIS, Valerie CAN 2:24.863
1 HAMELIN, Charles CAN 2:16.604
2 LEE, Han-Bin KOR 2:16.760
3 AN, Victor RUS 2:16.922