Kim Min-sun wins bronze in women's 500 meters

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Kim Min-sun wins bronze in women's 500 meters

Kim Min-sun in action during the women's 500-meter race at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Series in Heerenveen, the Netherlands on Sunday. [REUTERS/YONHAP]

Kim Min-sun in action during the women's 500-meter race at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Series in Heerenveen, the Netherlands on Sunday. [REUTERS/YONHAP]

Kim Min-sun, right, celebrates her women's 500-meter bronze medal alongside Erin Jackson, center and Brittany Bowe of the United States at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Series in Heerenveen, the Netherlands on Sunday. [REUTERS/YONHAP]

Kim Min-sun, right, celebrates her women's 500-meter bronze medal alongside Erin Jackson, center and Brittany Bowe of the United States at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Series in Heerenveen, the Netherlands on Sunday. [REUTERS/YONHAP]

 
Kim Min-sun won the women's 500-meter bronze medal at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Heerenveen, the Netherlands on Sunday. 
 
Kim crossed the finish line with a time of 37.587 seconds, 0.26 seconds behind gold medalist Erin Jackson of the United States. Brittany Bowe of the United States won the silver medal.
 
At the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Kim’s best result was finishing seventh in the 500-meter race, crossing the 500-meter mark with a time of 37.60 seconds, 0.56 seconds behind Jackson, who became the first-ever black woman to win a speed skating medal in the event.  
 
The bronze medal puts 22-year-old Kim at world No. 6 in the sport. Kim went into the Beijing Games at No. 9 after winning the women’s 500-meter gold medal and the women’s team sprint silver medal at the 2020 Four Continents. 
 
Despite missing out on the women’s 1,000-meter podium that followed on Sunday evening, where she finished in ninth place with a time of 1:17.071, Kim has now added 96 World Cup points at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final.
 
Beijing Olympics men's mass start silver medalist Chung Jae-won was scheduled to compete in the men’s events at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final, but was unable to join Kim in Heerenveen after testing positive for Covid-19 on March 5.

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