Hwang Dae-Heon of South Korea won the gold medal in the men’s 1500m competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Wednesday. The win came in his first event since getting disqualified in the semifinal of the 1000m on Monday.
The race was a crowded field as 10 skaters partook in the A Final following penalty advancements during the semifinals.
Hwang made an outside move to take the lead in the sixth lap and never relented.
Dubois edged the Russian by 0.013 seconds, sticking out his leg at the finish.
John-Henry Krueger of Hungary won the B Final.
The third semifinal was the most chaotic of the three. Canada’s Charles Hamelin and China’s Ren Ziwei were penalized, leading to three additional advancements to the final along with the top-two finishers. Hamelin won silver in the 1500m at the 2018 Winter Olympics and Ren captured the gold in the 1000m on Monday.
The top three skaters in each quarterfinal advanced automatically, while the three best fourth-place times also moved on.
American Andrew Heo finished sixth in the second race, but he moved up to fifth after a penalty. Heo hovered at the back of the group but could not find opportunities to pass.
Hamelin won the fourth group without much drama, as did Knegt in the fifth heat.
Ren and Liu Shaoang earned the top two spots with ease in the sixth heat. Their races mirrored each other as they made outside passing moves on the same lap.
Short track action returns on Friday when the women’s 1000m medals are on the line.
The men’s 500m heats and 5000m relay events are also scheduled for Friday.
See the full short track schedule on NBCOlympics.com.
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