Kim Min-sun finishes seventh in women's 500 meters
Kim Min-sun finished seventh in the women’s 500-meter race on Sunday at the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing.
Kim raced alongside Go Arisa of Japan, crossing the 500-meter mark with a time of 37.60 seconds, 0.56 seconds behind gold medalist Erin Jackson of the United States.
Jackson on Sunday became the first-ever black woman to win a speed skating medal. Miho Takagi of Japan won the silver medal and Angelina Golikova of Russia took bronze.
Twenty-two-year-old Kim is the world No. 9 in the sport, having finished 16th at the 2018 PyeongChang Games after a back injury prior to the Olympics. At the 2020 Four Continents, Kim won the women’s 500-meter gold medal and the women’s team sprint silver medal, coming in seventh in the women’s 1,000-meter race. Kim’s personal best time is 37.20 seconds.
“As this was my second Olympics, I wanted a podium finish,” said Kim after the race. “But I think my result today reflected my growth since the PyeongChang Games four years ago. I am tearing up because I feel relieved. I had such a hard time after my back injury in PyeongChang.
"I will work towards the Milano Games that will be held in four years’ time.”
Kim will next compete in the women’s 1,000-meter race on Thursday.
BY YUN SO-HYANG [firstname.lastname@example.org]