South Korea dominate at Short Track Speed Skating World Cup
South Korea picked up three of the four gold medals on offer on Saturday at the International Skating Union Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Dresden.
Saturday’s finals saw the men and women go for gold over both 1000m and 1500m, with South Korea only failing to win the women’s 1000m.
The first gold medal of the day was claimed in the women’s 1500m, where Kim Ji Yoo triumphed in 2:23.076.
Canada’s Kim Boutin, who was fastest on Friday, had to settle for silver in the final while Holland’s European champion Suzanne Schulting came third.
In the men’s final, which followed, Kim Gun Woo took gold in 2:15.123.
The South Korean sat second in the World Cup standings on arrival in Dresden but, thanks to his win today, he now leads.
He beat Canada’s Charles Hamelin who finished second, while Jeong’s compatriot Lim Hyo Jun finished third.
In the men’s 1,000m, Hwang Dae Heon claimed victory in 1:25.133 and is now seventh in the overall standings.
He saw off challenges from Canada’s Charle Cournoyer, who finished second in 1:25.412.
Another South Korean, Hong Kyung Hwan, was third in 1:25.416.
In the women’s 1000m the gold medal was claimed by Russia’s 21-year-old European champion Sofia Prosvirnova, who triumphed in the A final with a time of 1:32.331 to claim her first World Cup win of the season.