Shim provides stellar performance in TorinoKoreans sweep podium in 1,000; Hamelin captures another gold
Racing resumed Sunday at the Palaghiaccio Tazzoli rink in Torino, Italy, with the 1,000-meter, relay events and Olympic Games qualifying rankings were yet to be determined.
Suk-Hee Shim won her third 1,000-meter event of the year, extending her lead in the World Cup standings for the distance. The Koreans swept the medals for the 1,000-meter event as Shim's teammates, Alang Kim and Seung-Hi, finished second and third respectively. Kim led the first half of the race before Shim passed her with four laps to go. The other skater in the event, Jianrou Li (China), received a penalty for interference on Park.
In the men's 1,000-meter final, Charles Hamelin (Canada) captured his second win of the weekend, narrowly edging out Victor An of Russia. Vladimir Grigorev (Russia) led the beginning of the race before dropping back to third -- where he ultimately finished. Olivier Jean of Canada was fourth, moving him into third place overall in the World Cup rankings. The win allowed Hamelin to maintain his lead in the World Cup standings for the distance, while An moved into second place overall.
The weekend concluded with the relay events, beginning with four teams in the ladies 3,000-meter relay final and five teams in the men's 5,000-meter relay final. Korea registered its third win of the season to help extend its lead in the World Cup rankings. China claimed the silver, edging out Italy by less than half a second, with Canada finishing fourth. While Korea (first) and China (second) maintained their positions in the World Cup standings, this weekend's podium finish allowed Italy to move into third in front of its home crowd in Torino.
The men's 5,000-meter relay final held high expectations, with five teams beginning at the start line. Canada, the Netherlands and Russia held the lead at various times throughout the race before Canada took control with six laps to go to take the home the victory. Russia came in a close second, with the Netherlands finishing in third place. The win put Canada ahead of the United States in the World Cup rankings for the distance. With a fifth-place finish this weekend, the United States held on to second-place overall in the standings.