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MOSCOW, February 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian speed skating superstar Viktor Ahn on his victory in a 500-meter race and the Russian short-track team on winning a 5,000-meter relay on Friday.
“I congratulate you on your second brilliant triumph and a second gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi,” the Russian president said in a telegram addressed to Ahn.
“Once again, you have been faster and more technical than your rivals, literally snatching victory in a very complicated race,” Putin went on to say.
In his greetings to the Russian short-track team, which apart from Ahn includes Semyon Yelistratov, Vladimir Grigoryev and Ruslan Zakharov, Putin said: “You finished very intensive short-track competitions on a high and victorious note. You won a battle of characters and demonstrated top mastery. You were one single team which could not be stopped. You made it a real feast for the crowd that had filled the Iceberg arena.”
Friday’s gold became the third medal for Ahn at the Sochi Olympics. Earlier, the speed skater won gold and bronze medals in the 1,000 meter and 1,500 meter races, respectively.
Russian short-trackers have won the 26th medal for the Russian national Olympic team, which has nine gold, ten silver and seven bronze medals in the overall medal standings.