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China's Dajing grabs gold with record in 500m short track

By Yonhap
China's Dajing grabs gold with record in 500m short track
Wu Dajing of China powers his way to winning the gold medal and setting a new world record with a time of 39.584 seconds at the men's 500m short track speed skating Thursday at Gangneung Ice Arena In Gangneung, South Korea. Photo by Andrew Wong/UPI | License Photo

China's short track speed skater Wu Dajing has clinched gold in the 500-meter distance Thursday at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. He finished in 39.584 seconds having set the world record.

South Korea's Hwang Dae-heon (39.854) clinched silver, and his compatriot Lim Hyo-jun (39.919) took home bronze.

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Wu Dajing, aged 23, beat his world record that he had set earlier on Thursday during the second quarterfinal race (39.800).

The Chinese athlete brought home his third Olympic medal. He was a silver (500-meter distance) and bronze (relay) medalist at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Wu Dajing is also a four-time world champion.

China's team has earned eight medals (one gold, five silver and two bronze medals) at the 2018 Olympic Games. The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang will end on February 25.

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