The ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Series 2015/16 debuted today in Montreal (CAN) with the Ladies 1000 m and 1500 m events.
Minjeong Choi (KOR) wins the first 1000 m of the weekend
Minjeong Choi of Korea claimed the win in the first of two Ladies 1000 m events this weekend. Marianne St-Gelais (CAN) earned the second place and Kexin Fan (CHN) settled for third. Yui Sakai of Japan took the early led in the race, before being passed by Kexin Fan at the midway point of the race. Fanâ€™s lead was short lived as Minjeong Choi took the lead with three laps to go; a lead that Choi held until the end. Fan dropped from second to third place when Marianne St-Gelais passed her, and Sakai finished the race in fourth place.
Korean skater dominate the 1500 m
Suk Hee Shim of Korea won the Ladies 1500 m ahead of Canadian skater Kim Boutin. Suk Hee Shim took the lead from Boutin with seven laps to go, and held onto it until the end. Anna Seidel of Germany finished in third place, earning her first ever World Cup medal. Two Dutch skaters finished in fourth and fifth place: Suzanna Schulting followed by her teammate Yara van Kerkhof.
Racing resumes tomorrow with the Ladies and Men 500 m and the second 1000 m events. The teams advancing in Ladies 3000m Relay final are Canada, China, Korea and Russia; in the Menâ€™s 5000m Relay, China, Hungary, Korea and the Netherlands will be competing in the final.