China wins men's 5,000m relay at Four Continents Short Track Championships

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese men's team claimed the 5,000m relay title at the Four Continents Short Track Championships held in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

Photo: Courtesy of Short Track Speed Skating Championships

The team of Li Kun, Liu Guanyi, Song Jiahua and Zhong Yuchen, who finished second in heat 1 of the semifinals, won the final with a dominant six minutes and 54.766 seconds, followed by Japan with 1.305 seconds adrift.

The South Korean team finished third in 7:12.956.

In the mixed team relay, the Chinese team of Gong Li, Wang Xinran, Li and Zhong took the silver medal in 2:38.244 after leading but being overtaken by the United States with six laps to go.

The U.S. won the title in 2:38.095 while Canada placed third in 2:46.024.

South Korea finished first in the women's 3,000m relay with a time of 4:04.767, ahead of Canada and the American team.

In the individual races, China's youngster Gong took the women's 1,000m silver in 1:28.840, Courtney Sarault of Canada clinched the gold in 1:28.615 while her compatriot Claudia Gagnon took the bronze in 1:28.963.

Park Ji-won of South Korea claimed the gold in the men's 1,000m event in 1:27.548, followed by the Canadian pair of Pascal Dion and William Dandjinou.

The next tournament for China is the World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan in December.