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Speed/Short Track Skating - 12. March 2009.

ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships Vienna (AUT)


 
The ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2009 has come to a close with a successful weekend. Over 120 athletes, representing 32 countries, participated at these championships in Vienna, Austria at the Ferry Dusika Hallenstadion ice rink. For a second consecutive year, Meng Wang of China was crowned World Short Track Speed Skating Champion for the ladies.


The weekend kicked off with the 1500 meters competition and the qualifying heats for the ladies 3000 meters relay. The ladies 1500 meters final was a tightly contested race, with the top three finishers within six tenth of each other.  Korean skater Min-Jung Kim took the win, to become the Lady World Short Track Speed Skating Champion 1500 meters for 2009. Silver medal belongs to the Chinese skater Yang Zhou while the bronze goes to Sae-Bom Shin of Korea. Defending World Champion Meng Wang of China, who was sitting in second place with one lap to go, was disqualified during the event, starting off her quest for a repeat world championship title on a negative note.


Saturday’s program included the 500 meters event for the ladies
5000 meters relay. The Chinese season’s domination of the ladies 500 meters event continued this weekend, with the team qualifying three skaters in the final. The other skater was Jessica Gregg of Canada. Meng Wang redeemed herself from the previous day’s mistake by taking the win in the 500m final, and become the Lady World Short Track Speed Skating Champions 500 meters for 2009. Her teammate Qiuhong Liu earned the silver medal, while Jessica Gregg took the bronze, to prevent a podium sweep by the Chinese. 


 
The third and final day of these championships, was filled with lots of racing: the 1000 meters, 3000 meters Super Finals and relay events for both the ladies and men were on the schedule.


 
In the ladies 1000 meters event it was a China and Korea affair, with both teams qualifying two skaters each in the final. Throughout this past World Cup season, Meng Wang was the dominant skater in this distance, and her stronghold on the event continued. In the final, Meng Wang controlled the race by leading every single lap, to finish first. The podium was completed by Korean skaters, Min-Jung Kim in second, and Sae-Bom Shin in third.


 
In the last individual event of the weekend, the 3000 meters Super Finals, the ladies event was set to be an exciting one. With Meng Wang leading the overall standings after three events, there was still a mathematical chance for both Min-Jung Kim and Yang Zhou to become world champion, especially with the five extra points on hand, for the skater who crosses the line first after 1000 meters during the Super Final race. Six skaters took to the start, and in the end, Yang Zhou finished first ahead of Min-Jung Kim and Sae-Bom Shin respectively. Meng Wang managed to earn the five extra points, and with a fourth place finish, earned her second consecutive overall world championship title. 


 
The weekend concluded with the relay events, where in the ladies 3000 meters relay, the team of Canada, China, Korea and the United States qualified for the final. The Chinese led the vast majority of the race, to take the win and the title of Ladies World Short Track Speed Skating Relay Champions for 2009. In the men 5000 meters relay final, two noticeable teams were missing from the start line: Canada and Korea did not qualify their teams for the final. The battle for first place boiled down to the teams from the United States, China and Japan. Italy was also in the hunt, however was ultimately disqualified. The World Short Track Speed Skating Relay Champions for 2009 were the United States who narrowly edged out the Chinese team.


 
The majority of the skaters entered this weekend will be competing at the World Short Track Team Speed Skating Team Championships in Heerenveen, The Netherlands on March 13-15, 2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2009 - Medalists
 
 
Ladies – Overall Classification

 
Name of athlete
Nation
Points
1
WANG, Meng
CHN
81
2
KIM, Min -Jung
KOR
76
3
ZHOU, Yang
CHN
63

 

 

 
 
Ladies 500m

 
Name of athlete
Nation
1
WANG, Meng
CHN
2
LIU, Qiuhong
CHN
3
GREGG, Jessica
CAN

 

 
Ladies 1000m

 
Name of athlete
Nation
1
WANG, Meng
CHN
2
KIM, Min-Jung
KOR
3
SHIN, Sae-Bom
KOR

 

 
Ladies 1500m

 
Name of athlete
Nation
1
KIM, Min-Jung
KOR
2
ZHOU, Yang
CHN
3
SHIN, Sae-Bom
KOR

 

 

 
 
Ladies 3000m Super Final                                        

 
Name of athlete
Nation
1
ZHOU, Yang 
CHN
2
KIM, Min-Jung
KOR
3
SHIN, Sae-Bom
KOR

 

 

 
 
Ladies Relay

 
Nation
1
CHINA
2
KOREA
3
CANADA

 

 

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