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Li Jianrou wins gold in ladies' short track 500 m

February 13, 2014, 17:11 UTC+3 SOCHI
Li Jianrou’s first place brought China the first gold medal at the current Winter Olympics
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SOCHI, February 13. /ITAR-TASS/. China’s speed skater Li Jianrou won Sochi Olympics gold on Thursday in Short Track ladies’ 500 meters, held at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Russia’s Sochi.

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Details on Short Track, a sport included in the Winter Olympic programme. ITAR-TASS Infographics
With the final time of 45.263 seconds, Li Jianrou left behind Italy’s Arianna Fontana and South Korea’s Seung-Hi Park, who clinched the silver and bronze respectively.

The short track event is a relatively young Olympic competition as it was included in Winter Games program in 1992 at the Olympics in Albertville, France. Short track at Winter Olympics is dominated by teams from Asia and North America. South Korea won most of the medals since 1992 and has 37 medals, including 19 golds.

Li Jianrou’s first place brought China the first gold medal at the current Winter Olympics held in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi between February 7 and 23.

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