(Olympics) S. Koreans well out of contention in women's speed skating
SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- Three South Korean speed skaters finished well out of contention in the women's 3,000 meters on Sunday at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Kim Bo-reum, Noh Seon-yeong and Yang Shin-young fell short of the medalists at Adler Arena Skating Center, as South Korea had another futile day on the oval.
On Saturday, Lee Seung-hoon, silver medalist in the men's 5,000ｍ at the previous Olympics, finished a disappointing 12th in the same event.
South Korean speed skater Kim Bo-reum takes a turn en route to a 13th-place finish in the women's 3,000 meters at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 9, 2014. (Yonhap)
Kim salvaged her day, however, by finishing in 13th place, the highest-ever rank by a South Korean woman in the 3,000ｍ. Her time was 4:12.08.
Noh Seon-yeong had held the previous record, with consecutive 19th-place finishes at the 2006 and the 2010 Winter Games. On Sunday, Noh ended in 25th place with 4:19.02.
Noh is the older sister of former short track men's world champion Noh Jin-kyu, who is currently battling bone cancer that prevented him from racing in his first Winter Games.
Yang finished last in 27th place at 4:23.67. From the field of 28 skaters, Katarzyna Bachleda-Curus of Poland was disqualified.
Ireen Wust of the Netherlands claimed the gold medal with 4:00.34, returning to the top of the podium after winning the gold in 2006. The 2010 Olympic champ, Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, settled for silver this time at 4:01.95. Olga Graf of Russia got the bronze in 4:03.47.
The South Korean speed skating squad will hope for better results on Monday, when Mo Tae-bum will try to defend his Olympic gold medal in the men's 500ｍ.