POSTED: Tuesday December 7th 2010
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ISU World Cup Short Track

Changchun (CHN) 3-5 December 2010

This weekend, the world’s finest short-track speed skaters travelled to Changchun, China for the third round of the 2010-11 ISU World Cup Short Track season. The event marked the first of two consecutive World Cup competitions in China, and featured the return of the Korean team to World Cup competition, with a total of 22 countries participating.
The Chinese team looked as if they’d been taking careful note of the Canadian team’s playbook, taking full advantage of skating on home soil. They dominated the medal count, earning a total of 9 this weekend. With the return of the Korean team, it was no surprise to see its skaters stepping on to the podium throughout the weekend; they took a total of 7 medals. The other countries to earn medals were United States (4), Canada (3), France (3), Japan (1), Netherlands (1) and Russia (1).
With the qualification rounds scheduled on Friday, the first medals were handed out on Saturday afternoon. For this event, the skaters competed in 500m events twice, as well as racing once in the 1000m, 1500m and Relay events. The women from China dominated both the 500m Finals, taking 5 out of the 6 possible podium places. In the first 500m event, Nannan Zhao took the win, ahead of team-mates Qiuhong Liu (second) and Kexin Fan (third). In the second event, Zhao took the win again, allowing her to take over the lead in the World Cup distance classification in the 500m. Second place in the second event went to Kexin Fan, while Dam Min Kim of Korea took third.
On the men’s side, the first of two 500m events went to Jialiang Han of China, with second place going to Thibaut Fauconnet of France, and third place to Ryan Bedford (United States). In the second event, the winner was Semen Elistratov of Russia, which earned him his first-ever World Cup event victory. Second place went to Remi Beaulieu from Canada, while third place went to Ryosuke Sakazume of Japan. Despite missing this weekend’s event, Francois-Louis Tremblay of Canada maintain his lead in the World Cup distance classification for the 500m.
The ladies’ 1500m Final was won by Katherine Reutter of the United States, which allowed her to take the lead in the World Cup distance classification for the 1500m. Ha-Ri Cho of Korea finished second in the event, while Biba Sakurai of Japan was third. On the men’s side, Ho-Suk Lee of Korea took the win in the 1500m Final, while Xianwei Liu of China was second. Third place finish went to Jeff Simon, which was enough to give him the lead in the World Cup distance classification for the 1500m.
In the 1000m events, it was a Korean win for both the ladies and men’s events. In the ladies competition, the winner was Shin-Young Yang, while Marie-Eve Drolet of Canada finished second. Third place finish went to Yang Zhou of China. Katherine Reutter (USA) was able to maintain her lead in the World Cup classification for the distance despite finishing 9th in the 1000m event.
In the men’s competition, Byeong-Jun Kim was winner, ahead of two French skaters; Thibaut Fauconnet (second) and Maxime Chataignier (third). The second place finish gave Fauconnet enough points to maintain his lead in the World Cup classification for the distance. 
The weekend’s competition concluded with the Relay events. The ladies 3000m Relay Final was won by Korea, although China was a very close second. Third place finish went to the team from the Netherlands. In the men’s 5000m relay event, the Canadians kept their winning streak alive, enjoying their third consecutive victory. Second place went to the United States, while the team from Korea finished third. The World Cup leaders for the relay events remain unchanged: China (ladies) and Canada (men). 
The next stop of the ISU World Cup Short Track takes place on December 10-12, 2010 in Shanghai, China. 

ISU World Cup Short Track-Changchun (CAN)
Top 3 Results by Category

Ladies 500m (1)
Name
Nation
Time
1 ZHAO, Nannan
CHN
44.100
2 LIU, Qiuhong
CHN
44.228
3 FAN, Kexin
CHN
44.388
Men 500m (1)

Time
1 HAN, Jialiang
CHN
42.447
2 FAUCONNET, Thibaut
FRA
42.910
3 BEDFORD, Ryan
USA
43.002
Ladies 500m (2)                     

Time
1 ZHAO, Nannan
CHN
44.514
2 FAN, Kexin
CHN
44.556
3 KIM, Dam Min
KOR
44.687
Men 1000m (2)

Time
1 ELISTRATOV, Semen
RUS
43.300
2 BEAULIEU, Remi
CAN
43.410
3 SAKAZUME, Ryosuke
JPN
43.596
Ladies 1000m

Time
1 YANG, Shin-Young
KOR
1:33.419
2 DROLET, Marie-Eve
CAN
1:34.343
3 ZHOU, Yang
CHN
1:34.447
Men 1000m

Time
1 KIM, Byeong-Jun
KOR
1:25.474
2 FAUCONNET, Thibaut
FRA
1:26.208
3 CHATAIGNIER, Maxime
FRA
1:26.485
Ladies 1500m

Time
1 REUTTER, Katherine
USA
2:27.904
2 CHO, Ha-Ri
KOR
2:28.008
3 SAKURAI, Biba
JPN
2:28.394
Men 1500m

Time
1 LEE, Ho-Suk
KOR
2:26.632
2 LIU, Xianwei
CHN
2:26.779
3 SIMON, Jeff
USA
2:26.880


Ladies Relay

Time
1 KOREA
4:16.249
2 CHINA
4:16.361
3 NETHERLANDS
4:20.137
Men Relay

Time
1 CANADA
6:54.065
2 UNITED STATES
6:54.180
3 KOREA
7:00.949
For further information, including complete results, see www.isu.org

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