CULTURE Wu Dajing wins 500m speed skating gold in World Cup


Wu Dajing wins 500m speed skating gold in World Cup


08:26, November 13, 2018


Lim Hyo-jun (L) of South Korea, Wu Dajing (C) of China and Liu Shaoang of Hungary pose after men's 500m final during ISU World Cup Short Track at the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City, US, November 11, 2018. (Photo: VCG )

Continuing his golden form this year, China's Olympic gold-winning speed skater Wu Dajing won the gold medal in the men's 500m final on Sunday at the Short Track Speed Skating World Cup, which is currently underway in Salt Lake City, the US. The icing on the cake for Wu was that his timing of 39.505 seconds helped him set a new world record.

The 24-year-old, who won China's only gold medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, was in red hot form on Sunday night as he outclassed Lim Hyo-jun of South Korea and Liu Shaoang of Hungary.

Wu grabbed a silver medal in the men's 500m at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and also a bronze medal in the men's 5000m relay at the same event. Later, he bagged a gold medal in the men's 500m at the 2014 ISU World Championships in Montreal, Canada.

At the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, he won the men's 500 meters, setting an Olympic record in the heat and two world records during both the quarterfinal and final matches.

Incidentally, he became only the second person in history to have skated the discipline in under 40 seconds, after American J. R. Celski who accomplished the feat in 2012 in Calgary. The venue was at a much higher elevation where the reduced air density tends to give the skater an advantage due to lowered air resistance.

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