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Samsung ISU World Cup Short Track Kolomna (RUS) – Sunday Finals
Racing resumed today in Kolomna, Russia, with last chances for skaters to earn World Cup ranking points and 2014 Olympic Winter Games qualifying places.
The day began with the 1000m events and featured great racing throughout the rounds leading up to the finals.
Arianna Fontana (ITA) made up for a disappointing performance in the 500m on Saturday by winning the 1000m final. Fontana took advantage of a slip by Valérie Maltais (CAN) who had been dominating the race with a lap to go. Alang Kim (KOR) finished second, while Elise Christie (GBR) took third. The World Cup distance leader, Suk-Hee Shim clinched the overall title for the distance, despite finishing fifth today. Kim and Fontana conclude the series in second and third place in the overall World Cup distance classification.
The Ladies’ 3000m Relay final has seen the same four teams race against each other throughout the Samsung ISU World Cup Short Track this season: Korea, China, Italy and Canada. The team from China brought this season’s Korean winning streak for the event to an end, crossing the line just ahead of the Korean team. Korea had already clinched the World Cup title in the Ladies’ Relay event, with China finishing second overall. Today’s third-place finish by Italy secures their third-place finish in the overall classification.
The skaters will now focus their attention on fine-tuning their preparations for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia (February), and then conclude the season with the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2014 in Montreal, Canada (March 2014). For the European skaters, there is the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2014 in Dresden, Germany, from January 17-19, 2014.
Samsung ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating – Kolomna (RUS)
Top 3 Results - Sunday
1 FONTANA, Arianna ITA 1:30.249
2 KIM, Alang KOR 1:30.615
3 CHRISTIE, Elise GBR 1:30.695
Ladies 3000m Relay
1 CHINA 4:09.410
2 KOREA 4:09.794
3 ITALY 4:12.151
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Photo Credit: Dario Belingheri/Bettini Photo
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