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Korea to send 13 speed skaters to compete in PyeongChang

Cha Min-kyu competes in the men’s 500-meter race during the ISU World Cup Long Track Speedskating competition at Utah Olympic Oval, in Salt Lake City, Utah on Dec. 3. [USA TODAY/YONHAP]

Cha Min-kyu competes in the men’s 500-meter race during the ISU World Cup Long Track Speedskating competition at Utah Olympic Oval, in Salt Lake City, Utah on Dec. 3. [USA TODAY/YONHAP]

 
The 13 speed skaters that will represent Korea at the 2022 Beijing Olympics were set on Thursday.
 
The International Skating Union (ISU) announced the allocation of berths based on the four ISU World Cup races on Thursday, with Korea earning 13 spots at the 2022 Beijing Olympics: Two men’s 500-meter berths, two men's 1000-meter berths, two men's mass start berths and one men’s team pursuit berth, one women’s 500-meter berth, two women’s 1000-meter berths and two women’s mass start berths.  
 
Korea missed out on a spot in the longer Olympic races: the men’s 5000 meter, men’s 10,000 meter team pursuit and the women’s 1,500 meter, 3,000 meter and 5,000 meter team pursuit.
 
Kim Jun-ho and Cha Min-kyu will compete in the men’s 500-meter race. Cha is the men's 500-meter silver medalist, but Kim Jun-ho has also been on good form at the previous four World Cups, narrowly missing out on the podium with a fourth-place finish at the second ISU World Cup’s men’s 500-meter race, also setting a personal record of 34:188 seconds in the fourth ISU World Cup held in Calgary, Canada on Nov. 13. Cha will also be competing in the men’s 1000-meter final. 
 
Kim Min-seok in action during the men's 1500-meter race at the Speed Skating World Cup in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland on Nov. 13. [AP/YONHAP]

Kim Min-seok in action during the men's 1500-meter race at the Speed Skating World Cup in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland on Nov. 13. [AP/YONHAP]

 
PyeongChang Olympics 1500-meter men's bronze medalist Kim Min-seok will compete in the men’s 1000-meter and 1,500-meter. Kim Min-seok won the men’s 1500-meter gold medal in the first World Cup and won the 1500-meter bronze medal in the second World Cup.
 
Pyeonchang Olympics men’s mass start gold medalist Lee Seung-hoon will be joined by Chung Jae-won in the Beijing mass start.
 
In the women’s events, Kim Min-sun will compete in the 500-meter and 1000-meter race. Kim Hyun-yung will compete in the women’s 1000-meter race.
 
Kim Bo-reum sprints toward the finish line of the women's 3000-meter final at the SK Telecom Speed Skating Championships at Taereung International Skating Rink in Northern Seoul on Sept. 16. Kim won the event with 4:16.44. [NEWS1]

Kim Bo-reum sprints toward the finish line of the women's 3000-meter final at the SK Telecom Speed Skating Championships at Taereung International Skating Rink in Northern Seoul on Sept. 16. Kim won the event with 4:16.44. [NEWS1]

 
Park Ji-woo and PyeongChang mass start silver medalist Kim Bo-reum will compete in the Beijing Olympics mass start. 
 
Kim Bo-reum will become a three-time Olympian at the Beijing Games, having appeared at the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2018 PyeongChang Games, where she won her first silver medal in the inaugural women’s mass start. For most of the race, Kim trailed behind the 16-women pack, but put on an incredible come back in the last lap to finish as runner-up.
 
Korea won one gold, four silver and two bronze medals to finish fourth on the medal standings in PyeongChang.  

BY YUN SO-HYANG [yun.sohyang@joongang.co.kr]
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