РОО «Национальная Федерация Конькобежцев» Казахстана

Abzal Azhgaliyev took third place


ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating - Salt Lake City (USA) - Sunday

Men’s 500m (2)

With all of Saturday’s 500m (1) medallists choosing to race the 1000m on Sunday the ice was left clear for China’s Wu Dajing to pursue another medal for his extensive collection.

Wu set off hard with Hungary’s Shaolin Sandor Liu chasing close behind. Kazakhstan’s Abzal Azhgaliyev stayed in touch with the front two but lacked the power to challenge for the lead.

On the line the positions remained unchanged, and Wu picked up his 15th World Cup medal at this distance, making up for Saturday’s disappointment when he fell in the final.

Kim Dong Wook of Republic of Korea was left trailing on the first lap and finished fourth.

Liu said: “It was a pretty fast race. I’d never skated under 40 seconds – the semifinal was my first time [39.893secs] and I could even skate faster in the final [39.732].

“My summer wasn’t too good, I didn’t train too hard, so I’m really happy with my result. I hope I can get more gold medals [this season], but I just want to get more experience.”