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(LEAD) (Olympics) South Korean speed skater Kim Tae-yun wins bronze in 1,000m

2018/02/23 20:36

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By Kang Yoon-seung

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korean male speed skater Kim Tae-yun captured bronze in the men's 1,000m discipline in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Friday.

Kim clocked 1:08.22, close to his personal record of 1:08.08, at the race held at the Gangneung Oval, located in Gangneung, the sub-host city of the 2018 Winter Games.

The performance marked a significant improvement from his first Olympics, the 2014 Winter Games, where Kim posted 1:10.81 to finish in 30th place.

Kim passed the 200m mark at 16:39, and stood No. 1 among 30 athletes with one lap to go. A total of 36 skaters joined the race.

Three South Korean skaters ran in the 1,000m event, including Cha Min-kyu, who captured silver in the 500m competition here. Cha clocked 1:09.27, hovering above his season best of 1:09.58, putting him in 12th place.

Following him was Chung Jae-woong, in 13th place with 1:09.43.

Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands captured gold with a time of 1:07.95, with Havard Lorentzen of Norway winning silver at 1:07.99.

South Korean male speed skater Kim Tae-yun cheers after winning bronze in the men's 1,000 meter race at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, held at the Gangneung Oval, located in Gangneung, around 240 kilometers east of Seoul. (Yonhap) South Korean male speed skater Kim Tae-yun cheers after winning bronze in the men's 1,000 meter race at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, held at the Gangneung Oval, located in Gangneung, around 240 kilometers east of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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