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ISU World Cup short track: Chinese moves atop World Cup rankings after victory


12-12-2016 15:05 BJT

To the ice in Shanghai as the ISU World Cup short track speed skating stop in Shanghai wrapped up Sunday. Two 500 meter events took place and China's local favourite Wu Dajing was looking to add to his win the previous day with another gold medal in the second final of the same distance.

The Sochi Olympic silver medalist and World Champion would start on the inside and he jumps out to an early lead, and manages to hold off the other competitors as he goes on to cross the line ahead of Shaolin Sandor Liu of Hungary in a time of 40.368 seconds.

Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands took the last podium place, finishing ahead of Semen Elistratov of Russia.

The win means Wu moves into the lead in the World Cup rankings for the 500 meters, ahead of Abzal Azhgaliyev of Kazakstan.

Wu Dajing grabs second straight 500m win

Wu Dajing grabs second straight 500m win

Hosts edge out Netherlands for top spot

The men's 5000 meter relay is closely contested with the top three teams crossing the finish line separated by less than half a second. China edges out world cup leaders Netherlands for the win while South Korea finishes third.

Italian Fontana is second, Poland's Maliszewska finishes third

On the women's side, China's Fan Kexin is still in search of her first gold at event, but falls while leading in the semi-finals of the 500 meters. Elise Christie of Great Britain wins the race, with Italy's Arianna Fontana second while Natalia Maliszewska of Poland is third.

Canada grab second while Netherlands finish third

And in the women's 3000 meter relay, Fan would be disappointed once again as the Chinese goes down in a second final with 13 laps left. The South Korean team would win a third relay final in as many World Cup events, finishing ahead of Canada while the Netherlands are third.

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