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Samsung ISU World Cup Short Track - Quebec City (CAN) 1-3 February
The Korean team, despite being without their star athlete Ahn Hyun-Soo, along with the
Chinese team continued this weekend at the Samsung ISU World Cup Short Track where they
left off in December 2007, with wins in all of the events except for one. The Korean team left
Quebec City with 9 medals, while the Chinese team took 7 medals. Surely motivated by
skating in front of a home crowd, the skaters from Canada had a strong performance this
weekend, earning 9 medals.
The schedule of races at this weekend’s Samsung ISU World Cup Short Track had the
athletes compete in the 1000 meters distance twice. The first of the ladies 1000 meters was
won by Kalyna Roberge from Canada. This was to be the only race that neither a skater from
Korea or China would take the top place on the podium. Evgenia Radanova from Bulgaria
showed she was still a fierce competitor, taking second place. Seung-Yi Park of Korea was
third. In the second ladies 1000 meters event, Yang Zhou of China took the win, with fellow
teammate, Quihong Liu, taking third. Sun-Yu Jin of Korea split the Chinese skaters for
Both the ladies and men 1500 meters events were dominated by the Koreans, with the skaters
taking first and second places. On the ladies side, the win went to Sun-Yu Jin of Korea
followed by teammate Shin-Young Yang. Allison Baver of the United States took third place.
On the men’s side, first and second places went to Korean skaters Ho-Suk Lee and Seung-
Hoon Lee. Charles Hamelin of Canada took third place.
The ladies 500 meters event was dominated by the fast Chinese skaters, who once again,
demonstrated their strength in this distance. Meng Wang won the event, with teammate
Nannan Zhao taking third. Kalyna Roberge, split the Chinese skaters to take second place.
The men’s 500 meters event was won by Korean skater Yoon-Gy Kwak. Charles Hamelin of
Canada pleased the home crowd with a second place finish. Jon Eley of Great Britain was a
surprise presence on the podium, taking third place for his first podium of the 2007-08 season.
The weekend concluded with the relay events. In the ladies 3000m relay, the Chinese team
took the win ahead of the crowd favorite Canadian ladies team. Bulgaria offered a surprise
performance to take third place. The men’s 5000 meters relay was a closely fought race, with
the top 3 teams separated by less than 0.9 seconds. The Koreans took the win, with the United
States in second and Canada in third. The next and final Samsung ISU World Cup Short
Track event takes place on February 8-10, 2008 in Salt Lake City (USA).