Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

South Korean Lim claims title in PyeongChang Games short track men's 1500m

South Korean Lim claims title in PyeongChang Games short track men's 1500m

Short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun paid tribute to banned Victor An after claiming host nation South Korea's first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Saturday.

In a frenetic final the 21-year-old saw off Dutch world record-holder Sjinkie Knegt with Semen Elistratov, one of the Russians competing as an independent, in third.

Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands took and Semen Elistratov of the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation captured bronze.

"I was overwhelmed because it's my home country", Lim told a news conference.

"I just followed his direction and I think that led to better results".

"I dedicate this medal to all guys that have been excluded from these Games in such a hard and unfair way".

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife watched the short-track competition at Gangneung Ice Arena with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife, although the Moons left for the women's hockey game featuring a unified Korean team before Lim's victory. "I thank Viktor for this win". Another title favorite Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea crashed out of the race half way and did not finish.

The Chinese women also set an Olympic record in the 3000m relay with 4:05.315.

Meanwhile also making it through to the 500m quarter-finals was Maame Biney, the sport's first female African-American Olympian, who made it as runner-up in her heat.

Hamelin, a pre-event favourite, was looking to become the first short track speed skater to win a gold medal at three different Olympic Games but the 33-year-old Canadian, who had originally finished sixth, was given a penalty for impeding.

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