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Park takes women’s 1,000m short track title to leave Sochi with two golds

21/02/2014

The Republic of Korea’s Park Seung-Hi won gold in the women's 1,000m short track to take her overall medal tally at Sochi 2014 to three, adding to her bronze in the 500m and team gold in the 3,000m relay.

The 21-year-old crossed the line in 1 minute 30.761 seconds to edge out China's Fan Kexin (1:30.811), who took silver, while another Korean Shim Suk-Hee won bronze (1:31.027).

Park came from behind to overtake early frontrunner Jessica Smith of the USA, and then bossed the remainder of the race.

She now has five Olympic medals, including bronze in the women's 500m in Sochi. Only China’s Yang Yang has won more in the women’s short-track.

It completed a successful senior Olympic debut for Shim, who won gold in the 500m at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012.

The 17-year old leaves Sochi with three medals, one of each colour. As well as helping the Korean team to gold in the 3,000m relay, she also took silver in the women’s 1,500m.

Park, who trains with Shim, said she was delighted to be sharing the podium with the teenager.

“Fortunately, we were able to do really well,” she said. “We have been practising the whole season together and it paid off.”

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