Wu sets record with speed skating win

Updated 2018-02-23 08:52:03 China Daily

Wu Dajing celebrates victory after the men's 500-meter final of short-track speed skating at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games in the Gangneung Ice Arena on Thursday. Wu claimed the gold medal and set a world record. (FENG YONGBIN/CHINA DAILY)

China's penalty-plagued short-track speed skating team finally turned the table in the high-drama competition in Pyeongchang when Wu Dajing won the men's 500-meter event at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Thursday. [Special coverage]

Amid an intense atmosphere at the packed Gang-neung Ice Arena, Wu pushed off strong in the final, gaining an edge in the first corner. He expanded that to a clear lead midway through the race before finishing with a world-record time of 39.584 seconds, claiming China's first gold medal at the Pyeongchang Games in the Republic of Korea.

Wu's victory triggered a standing ovation from hundreds of Chinese spectators at the arena who flew red flags while clapping hard to celebrate the hard-fought win.

Riding on the momentum, Wu and his teammates added another silver medal in the men's 5,000m team relay, bringing the Chinese delegation its ninth overall medal in Pyeongchang.

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