Korean wins gold medal over Ohno in GangwonTaking revenge against a U.S. rival, Korea won a gold medal in the highly charged short track speed skating competition yesterday.
Korea’s Song Kyung-taek finished first with a time of two minutes and 18.916 seconds, snatching the gold in the men’s 1,500-meter event of the International Skating Union World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Gangneung, Ganwon Province on the East Coast.
The reigning U.S. champion, Apolo Anton Ohno, battled with Song near the finish line and appeared to have come in second. Ohno was later disqualified, however, for pushing a rival. Another South Korean skater, Lee Ho-suk, passed the finish line in third, but was awarded a silver medal.
Ohno, the 25-year-old Seattle native, won a controversial 1,500-meter gold in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Ohno, who had finished behind Korean skater Kim Dong-sung, won the gold when Kim was later disqualified for blocking the American.
Korea’s outcry about the “stolen gold medal” prompted a boycott of U.S.-made goods.
Yesterday, in the women’s 1,500-meter final, China’s Zhou Yang took first place with a time of 2:22.819, while Korea’s Yang Shin-young finished second.
The event, featuring about 150 athletes from more than 30 countries, started yesterday and will end Sunday.
By Ser Myo-ja Staff Reporter [firstname.lastname@example.org]