Hwang Dae-heon crashes out of 500-meter semifinal
Hwang Dae-heon crashed out of the men’s 500-meter semifinals at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing on Sunday.
In the fast-paced semifinal, Hwang lost his balance after colliding with Steven Dubois of Canada while attempting a comeback on the last lap of the race. Hwang was later disqualified for the collision.
En route to the semifinal, Hwang finished second in both the first round and the quarterfinals.
Hwang was placed in the outer-most lane for the quarterfinal, the lane that works the most against players as the 500-meter race is so fast-paced.
The 500 meters is the shortest short track event, with athletes skating only 4.5 laps, meaning an early lead is often the deciding factor. As a result, false starts and falls are especially common.
Hwang started the quarterfinal in last position and was not able to close the gap until the very last lap, when Hwang was able to thrust forward and take second place with a photo finish and a time of 40.636.
Hwang won Korea’s sole gold medal of the 2022 Beijing Olympics so far in the men’s 1,500-meter short track race on Wednesday.
Hwang will return to the ice on Wednesday alongside Lee June-seo, Kwak Yoon-gy and Kim Dong-wook for the men’s 5000-meter relay final, the last men's short track race at the 2022 Beijing Games.
BY YUN SO-HYANG [firstname.lastname@example.org]