Koreans wipe each other out in skating shocker

Lee Seung Hoon won a record 15th medal for hosts South Korea after claiming victory in the men's mass start event on the final day of speed skating action at Pyeongchang 2018

Koreans wipe each other out in skating shocker

"It was a very long race and a lot was happening", Shim said. But that did not affect Choi's final spurt to the finish line, edging out the Chinese anchor.

That left the Korean team seventh in the women's pursuit quarterfinals at PyeongChang 2018. Lee finished third among 32 contestants in the qualifying round after marking a combined time of 1 minute, 25.06 seconds for his two runs, reports Yonhap news agency.

The Alpensia resort outside of PyeongChang, South Korea, is the site to many events of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Canada was disqualified, too, moving the Netherlands onto the podium for bronze, and the Dutch weren't even on the ice at the time.

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With a "medals over everything" attitude attributed to the Korea Skating Union and South Korean skaters continuing to win medals, whether real change will come remains to be seen. The gold medal match will be played Sunday. "They lost the Olympic spirit, the sportsmanship", said Byung-Soo Kim, a Korean-born American spectator wearing a star-spangled toque with a South Korean patch.

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South Korean skaters stayed in third place until the 24th cycle, while Canada and China exchanged the lead.

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"Back then I just thought what it would be like competing in the Olympics for me". "That gave us confidence", Choi said. She additionally revealed that the woman's team pursuit members had not trained properly together since December. It was something I could never do alone, and it was possible as we trusted our teammates. "We really didn't expect many people would come to watch us". Shortly after Noh did, with none of her teammates within reach, she broke down in tears.

"I apologize to those who have been affected by what I said during the TV interview yesterday".

The athletes said they tried to follow the path of their seniors, who made South Korea a short track speed skating powerhouse. "We especially tried harder, as it was the country's first Winter Olympics", Choi added.

Further ahead there was no stopping Hungary, who held off China and Canada to claim their first Winter Olympics gold, and first medal of any colour since 1980.

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On Friday, Koreans will be glued to their televisions, computers and smartphones as Kim Eun-jung, Kim Yeong-mi, Kim Kyeong-ae, Kim Seon-yeong and Kim Cho-hi, known also as Team Kim because of their surnames, take on arch-rivals Japan in the semi-finals of the competition.

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