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Russia takes gold and silver in men's 1000 meters short track

February 15, 2014, 16:36 UTC+3
Viktor Ahn came first and Vladimir Grigoriev came second
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Viktor Ahn

Viktor Ahn

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SOCHI, February 15. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian athletes have won gold and silver in men's 1000 short track race. Viktor Ahn came first and Vladimir Grigoriev came second. Dutch speed skater Sjinkie Knegt won bronze.

“Vladimir and I agreed on the tactic in advance. We planned to win these medals. But things did not go they we planned at first, and we are very happy to have won first and second places,” Ahn said after the race.

“We are one team, and these medals are the best result of our joint work” he said. “Each time we pool our efforts, we succeed. This is what matters most of all.”

Infographics Short Track Short Track
Details on Short Track, a sport included in the Winter Olympic programme. ITAR-TASS Infographics
Viktor Ahn was born November 23, 1985 in Seoul. Until December 2011, he was called Ahn Hyun Soo and represented the South Korean national team. He is 3-fold Olympic champion of 2006 (in 1000 m, 1500 m and relay race). He also won bronze in 500 m in Turin.

He won bronze at Sochi Olympics in men’s 1500 meters. The first success came to Ahn at the age of 16, when he became the absolute winner of junior world championship in 2002 in Chuncheon, and then won silver at the adult world championship in Montreal in the same year in men’s 1000 and 3000 meters, as well as in overall ranking.

Vladimir Grigoriev was born August 8, 1982 in Shostka, Ukraine. He is two-fold champion of Europe in 500 meters (2012, 2013), two-fold champion of Europe in 5000 meters relay race (2013, 2014).  Vladimir is also winner of the silver medal of the World Championship 2013 in 5000 meters relay. This is his third Olympics. He represented Ukraine at Salt Lake City Olympics 2002 and at Turin 2006 Olympics. His best result was 15th.

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