VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A Chinese team led by world champion Wang Meng won a controversial victory Wednesday in the women's Olympic short-track relay.
South Korea, winner of the event in each of the last four Olympics, was disqualified for an incident that took place with less than five laps to go -- a decision that will likely touch off a wave of outrage in that country.
Canada came away with the silver medal and the United States, which finished far back in last place in the four-team field, wound up with the bronze.
With South Korea and China battling for the lead late in the race, the teams went through an exchange of skaters that takes place every lap and a half.
South Korea's Min-Jung Kim began her brief turn on the track just ahead of China's Sun Linlin. Kim, however, cut in front of Sun and the Chinese skater was thrown off stride.
That resulted in the South Koreans opening a large lead, which they held all the way to the finish line.
Judges began looking at replays of the bump immediately following the race and after a lengthy consultation, during which the South Korean and Chinese athletes both skated around the arena holding their national flags, it was announced that the South Koreans had been disqualified.
The gift medal for the United States was its first in short-track skating since the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer.