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13 février 2018

Fontana crowned champion, van Kerkhof and Boutin caused a surprise

Arianna Fontana took the gold medal on 500m at the Gangneung ice palace on the second day of short track at the Olympics.

By Jackob Savard
Photo: Schaats Foto’s

In the second day of short track in Pyeongchang, the ladies raced in the 500m quarters, semis and finals while the men skated in the 1000m and relay qualifications.

Major surprise in the 500m quarters
The competition started with Marianne St-Gelais’s disqualification on the first turn of the first heat. She fighted hard with Yara van Kerkhof after the start and caused a fall. The referees stopped the race and disqualified Marianne. Marianne will have three other chances to race for a medal in the 1000m, 1500m, and ladies’ relay. ‘’I’ve never seen a call like that in my life. It’s incredible.‘’ said Marianne after the race.

Semi-finals ladies’ 500m
Choi Minjeong established a new Olympic record of 42.422 in the first semi-final. Arianna Fontana, Yara van Kerkhof, Elise Christie and Kim boutin, who was advanced, were going to join Choi in the A final.

Fontana on top
In a hard fought A final, Arianna Fontana won her 6th Olympic medal. After Choi Minjeong’s disqualification and Elise Christie’s fall, Yara van Kerkhof got silver and Kim Boutin got the bronze medal.

Qualifications men 1000m
The 1000m qualifications were packed of action. Liu Shaoang, Han Tianyu and Vladislav Bykanov were disqualified in their respective heats. Canadian olympic medalist Charle Cournoyer did not advance for the quarter finals. After he broke one of his blades, J.R. Celski skated on one spare blades and didn’t manage to qualify. On a more positive note, Charles Hamelin established a new olympic record on 1000m.

Relay semi-finals
China and Canada finished first and second in the first heat. Sjinkie Knegt was penalized on Samuel Girard in the last turn of the relay and the Netherlands did not qualify for the final. In the second heat, Korea skated a new olympic record. The Hungarian team finished in second and will join them in the A final.

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