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Speed/Short Track Skating - 25. September 2009.

ISU World Cup Short Track - Beijing

The 2009-2010 ISU World Cup Short Track season opened last weekend in Beijing, China at the Beijing Capital Gymnasium. With the 2010 Winter Olympic Games on the calendar this season, only four World Cup stops are scheduled and each World Cup expected to be as exciting as the other.

 

New this year is the format of the World Cups in comparison to the format of the past three seasons. The four-day format allows accommodating the increased number of registered skaters, which means two days of qualification instead of one. Gone this season are the repechage rounds therefore athletes do not have a second chance in a distance.

 

The Korea team had a strong start to the season with an impressive tally of 11 medals. The Canadian and American teams showed their competitive form as well, by earning 5 medals each. The other country to also earn medals this weekend was China whose skaters were surely motivated skating on home ice.

 

On Saturday, Meng Wang, 2008-09 World Cup 500m Champion, started this season exactly where she left off last season, taking the win in the opening 500m event. The Canadian women were strong in this event as well, with a second place by Jessica Gregg, and third place by Marianne St-Gelais.
 

The other distance to be raced on Saturday was the ladies 1500m Final event. Like her teammate Wang, Yang Zhou began the defense of her World Cup title in this distance by winning the 1500m event, to the contentment of the local supporters. Eun-Byul Lee (Korea) and Katherine Reutter (USA) finished second and third respectively.
 

On Sunday, it was the 1000m and Relay Finals being disputed for the ladies. Katherine Reutter (United States) earned a second medal of the weekend by winning the ladies 1000m event. Second place went to Korean Eun-Byul Lee, while third place went to another American skater, Jessica Smith.
 

The weekend concluded with the relay events, with the ladies event won by the Korean team. In the ladies 3000ms event, Korea finished ahead of the United States, while Canada took third.
 

The next ISU World Cup Short Track event takes place on September 24-27 in Seoul, Korea.

 

 

ISU World Cup Short Track–Beijing (CHN)

Top 3 Results by Category

Ladies 500m

 

Name

Nation

 

Time

1

WANG, Meng

CHN

43.430

2

GREGG, Jessica

CAN

44.241

3

ST-GELAIS, Marianne

CAN

52.085

Ladies 1000m

 

 

 

Time

1

REUTTER, Katherine

USA

1:32.047

2

LEE, Eun-Byul

KOR

1:32.156

3

SMITH, Jessica

USA

1:32.165

 

Ladies 1500m

 

 

 

Time

1

ZHOU, Yang

CHN

2:28.600

2

LEE, Eun-Byul

KOR

2:28.014

3

REUTTER, Katherine

USA

2:29.095

 

Ladies Relay

 

 

Time

1

KOREA

4:13.531

2

UNITED STATES

4:15.204

3

CANADA

4:17.495

 

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