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Olympic champion Lee takes home silver in ISU World Cup
Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa took the silver medal in the women’s 500-meter second round race at the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Salt Lake City on Sunday (Korean time).
Lee, two-time Olympic champion in the 500-meter race, clocked 36.83 seconds, which was 0.01 seconds behind China’s Zhang Hong. In the first round of the 500-meter race on Saturday, Lee finished fourth, while Zhang also finished first.
Jeonbuk are tops in fan attendance this season
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, who already confirmed their K-League Classic title two weeks ago, also topped the home attendance record of the season on Saturday.
At the Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, North Jeolla, Jeonbuk played to a 1-1 draw with Seongnam FC. K-League said that 28,460 fans visited the stadium to see Jeonbuk’s final home game of the season.
This means Jeonbuk attracted a total of 330,858 fans this season in their 19 matches played at home, beating FC Seoul which had 326,269 fans this season.
This is the first time since 2003 that football clubs outside of Seoul or Gyeonggi region have topped the seasonal attendance record.
League worst Daejeon Citizen confirmed their relegation to the second division K-League Challenge, regardless of the last match played this weekend, after suffering a 2-0 loss to Incheon United on Saturday.
Military club Sangju Sangmu FC will take Daejeon’s spot after it won the promotion by winning the K-League Challenge.
Koo notches third goal of the season for Augsburg
FC Augsburg midfielder Koo Ja-cheol scored his third goal of the season against VfB Stuttgart in their German Bundesliga match on Sunday (Korean time).
At the Mercedez-Benz Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, Koo scored his team’s fourth goal in the 54th minute to help his team’s 4-0 away victory. This is his third goal of the season after notching his second against Mainz on Oct. 15.
By Joo Kyung-don