Short track Park Ji-won, two gold medals in the World Cup… China’s Lin Xiaojun also wins gold medal

Park Ji-won (27), the male short track star, added the World Cup gold medal and was about to win the ‘Crystal Globe’.

Park Ji-won won the second men’s 1500m race at the 5th competition of the 2022-2023 International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track World Cup held in Dresden, Germany on the 6th (Korean time). He beat all other competitors with a time of 2:18.263.

Park Ji-won, who won the first race in the 1000m the previous day, showed off her competitiveness in the 1500m as well. He ran second until midway through the race, then moved up to the lead with five laps to go. He then stretched out his right foot in front of the finish line, where he faced Sinky Knecht (34, Netherlands) in a close match, and confirmed the victory through video reading.

Park Ji-won has been on the rise throughout his season. He won only 11 gold medals throughout the 1st to 5th World Cup competitions. He also occupied an unrivaled position in the overall World Cup rankings. So far, with 868 points, he is far ahead of Hong Kyung-hwan (24), who is second with 634 points.안전놀이터

The Crystal Globe Award is also in sight. The ISU decided to present a trophy made of crystal to mark the 25th anniversary of the World Cup. The honor goes to only the best male and female athletes, regardless of specific events. The World Cup overall ranking, which will determine superiority and inferiority, will be finalized after the 6th tournament to be held in Dordrecht, the Netherlands on the 10th and 13th, and Park Ji-won is likely to win the award. The ISU also predicted, “Park Ji-won has come close to the first men’s short track crystal glove.”

In the second race of the women’s 1500m, Kim Gilli (19) crossed the finish line first with a time of 2:38:406. She broke through the out-course on the last straight line and beat Anna Seidel (25, Germany). In the same race, Shim Suk-hee (26) won a bronze medal and Choi Min-jeong (25) won a 500m bronze medal.

Meanwhile, Xiaojun Lin (27, Korean name Lim Hyo-jun), who was naturalized in China in 2020, reached the top in the men’s 500m. It is the first individual gold medal he has won as a member of the Chinese national team. He also led China to victory in the men’s 5000m relay as the final runner.

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