Wu Dajing dominates the field in 500m win

Wu Dajing is untouchable in the 500m. Wu did not trail for a second in any of the 500m races, breaking the w...

Posted: Feb 22, 2018 8:35 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2018 8:35 PM

Wu Dajing is untouchable in the 500m.

Wu did not trail for a second in any of the 500m races, breaking the world record twice in an hour in the process.

"Today, I didn’t give my competitors a chance, and I kept my speed from the start. More importantly, I think I believed in myself," Wu said after the race.

 

With the gold medal, Wu becomes the first Chinese man to win an Olympic short track gold medal. The 23-year-old Olmypic champion is already looking forward to his home Olympics.

"I’m very emotional and happy to have won China’s first gold here and I look forward to Beijing 2022," Wu said to the media.

South Korea took silver and bronze in the event, as Hwang Dae-Heon and Lim Hyo-Jun finished behind Wu.

Samuel Girard was the fourth skater of the Final A. 

Girard was seemingly out of the competition in the semifinal when his blade broke going around the first turn, but after some hesitation officials called off the race, prompting a restart.

Liu Shaolin Sandor won the Final B.

Ren Ziwei had broken the Olympic record in the first heat of the quarterfinals, before Wu raced. Ren would finish sixth. 

Medal contenders Seo Yi-Ra and Han Tianyu failed to advance to the semifinal after a collision. Seo made an aggressive cut inside and made contact with Han, landing them both against the side padding.  

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