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(Olympics) S. Koreans well out of contention in women's speed skating

2014/02/09 22:51

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)

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.

jeeho@yna.co.kr

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