Schulting extends World Cup standings lead with Dresden victory

Schulting extends World Cup standings lead with Dresden victory
By Sportsbeat

03/02/2019 at 21:55Updated

Olympic champion Suzanne Schulting lit up the final day of racing at the short track World Cup in Dresden.

The Dutch racer dominated from the gun in the 1000m final as she finished in 1:27.338 at EnergieVerbund Arena, ahead of Korea's Choi Min Jeong and bronze medallist Zhang Chutong, from China.

It means Schulting, 21, has four wins from six in World Cup races so far this season.

"I feel comfortable at the front," said Schulting. "I know I am good there and able to generate the speed by myself. I saw the lap times after the race and I was a little impressed with myself."

Meanwhile, Italy's Martina Valcepina gave a similarly dominant display in the ladies' 500m.

The three-time European champion led from start to finish in the final, as she had in the quarter and semi-finals.

In the men's 500m final it was a Korean one-two, with Hyo Jun Lim and Dae Heon Hwang taking the top spots with Canada's Cedrik Blais taking bronze.

There was more Korean success in the 1000m for Ji Won Park, as he crossed the line in 1:25.363.

Russia were the victors in the women's 3000m relay while Canada took the men's 5000m win, finishing in 6:44.646.

In the 2000m mixed relay, Russia took the gold medal with the British quartet on Elise Christie, Farrell Treacy, Jack Burrows and Kathryn Thomson winning bronze.

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