ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships - Minneapolis (USA)
2006-04-10 13:44:00 zheng
03 Apr 2006 09:20

Korean skaters Sun-Yu Jin and Hyun-Soo Ahn successfully defended their Short Track World titles this weekend in Minneapolis. Jin topped the ladies ahead of Meng Wang (CHN) and Kalyna Roberge (CAN). In the mení»s category Hyun-Soo Ahn was disqualified in both the 500m and the 3000m, however he won both the 1000 and 1500m, giving him the World Short Track title for the fourth time in a row. Ho-Suk Lee (KOR), Junior World Champion for the past three years, took second place and François-Louis Tremblay (CAN) placed third.

The Mariucci Arena welcomed 3500 spectators, including a large contingent of Korean fans who cheered five of their compatriots to the podium places on the mení»s and ladies 1500m distance. Sun-Yu Jin (KOR) won the ladiesí» 1500m, while Meng Wang (CHN) maneuvered herself into second place ahead of Eun-Kyung Choi (KOR). Hyun-Soo Ahn (KOR) took the mení»s 1500m ahead of team-mates Ho-Suk Lee and Se-Jong Oh.

Meng Wang (CHN) won the 500m ahead of her teammate Tianyu Fu and Kalyna Roberge (CAN). François-Louis Tremblay (CAN) won the mení»s 500m, with Haonan Li (CHN) and Ho-Suk Lee (KOR) in second and third place.

Sunday started well for Ahn who won the 1000m finals, ahead of compatriot Ho-Suk Lee and the Canadian Charles Hamelin. However the decisive distance was the 3000m. Had Tremblay been able to take the 3000, he would have equaled Ahn in points overall, however Tremblay failed to whisk ahead of his compatriot Charles Hamelin and took second place in the 3000m and third place overall. Lee was another serious contender for the title and only needed a podium finish to become the 2006 World Champion, but victory eluded him as he slipped into fifth place in the 3000 and second overall. Ahn was disqualified for impeding in the 3000m, as was the American Rusty Smith. However Ahn had a sufficient lead to nonetheless be the overall winner with 68 points, Lee had 60 and Tremblay 55.

Jin won the ladiesí» 3000m, ahead of Wang, with the American Allison Baver completing the podium. With three victories, Jin gathered 102 points, Wang had 97 and Roberge 34.

In the ladiesí» relay the Chinese ladies took gold ahead of the Olympic medallists from Canada and Italy, Koreaí»s medal hopes were dashed when the individual winner Sun-Yu Jin from Korea had a bad fall shortly before the end of the relay final. Canada took the mení»s gold medal, while the Chinese team finished in second position and the USA team received the bronze. The traditionally strong Korean team was disqualified.

In the course of the weekend 39 personal best scores were set by the men and 15 by the ladies.

From ISU website

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