Wang Meng wins women's 500m gold medals
2006-04-03 10:38:00 zheng
MINNEAP0LIS, United States, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Skaters from China and Canada stopped South Korea's dominance at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships as they took away women's and men's 500m gold medals on Saturday.

    China's Wang Meng, the gold medalist in the women's 500m event at the Turin Olympics, led a Chinese 1-2 finish in the final. Wang clocked the fastest time of 44.006 seconds.

    Wang, who took the silver of the 1,500m on Friday night, jumped to the leading position from the start gun and led throughout the four-and-a-half lap race.

    "Although I was confident about winning because I won the last four World Cup races, I felt a little pressure," Wang told Xinhua after the race.

    "You know the my opponents are very strong and they skated very fast and very well today. The finishing times I and my opponents skated were only more than 44 seconds. I had to be very careful in the competitions."

    Wang's teammate Fu Tianyu took the silver in 44.070.

    The bronze went to Kalyna Roberge of Canada, who was timed 44.116. She was followed by her fellow countrywoman Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, the bronze medalist in Turin.

    This was the only final without a South Korean skater in the four finals of the ongoing world championships.

    Three South Korean girls took part in the event, however, only Jin Sun-yu, winner of the 1,500m race, qualified for the semi-finals but failed to advance.

    Francois-Lousi Tremblay of Canada won the men's 500m gold medal in 41.439. Chinese Li Haonan took the silver in 41.639.

    South Korea's Lee Ho-Suk grabbed the bronze in 41.739, while compatriot Ahn Hyun-Soo, who claimed three gold medals at the Turin Olympics, was disqualified. Enditem

Editor: Nie Peng

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