Park Ji-won shook off the ordeal with a gold medal, saying, “The power of Seoul, I didn’t want to forget.”

December 17, 2023 | by

Park Ji-won (27, Seoul Metropolitan Government) has won a gold medal by shaking off bad luck. She will compete for two consecutive crystal globes.

Park Ji-won grabbed 14 gold medals at the World Cup last season, becoming the leading figure in short track speed skating in Korea. Naturally, Park was the first winner of the “Crystal Globe” award given to the top overall ranking point. However, he did not have that luck this season. At the second race of men’s 1,000m race at the first World Cup championship held in Montreal, Canada in October, he collided with Hwang Dae-heon and fell to the fourth place due to excessive in-course overtaking.

Bad luck continued. He lost the lead to Kim Gun-woo (Sports Toto), who was running third while struggling with Stephen Dubois (Canada), who was always leading in the men’s 1,500-meter second race final at the second World Cup 월카지노.

In the men’s 1,500-meter final of the third event held in Beijing, China earlier this month, he ran a stable race until the middle of the race, but only finished fifth when he bumped into William Danneu of Canada with four laps to go.

Park Ji-won regained her composure. Then she won the gold medal at the 2023-2024 ISU Short Track 4th World Cup. She crossed the finish line with a time of 2:16.35 in the men’s first 1,500-meter race final at Mokdong Ice Rink on Wednesday. It was a perfect race, as she never missed the first place from the middle of the race to the finish line. It was her first gold medal since the men’s 1,000-meter race at the first World Cup event in October.

Park Ji-won looked confident when she met him in the mixed zone right after winning the title. “Compared to last season, I had disappointing performances this season and I thought a lot about it,” she said. “But I kept trying to overcome it by myself.”

It reminded me of the gold medal at the World Championships held in the same venue in March. Back then, Park won gold medals in men’s 1,000m and 1,500m with the enthusiastic support of Korean fans. “I won a gold medal here in March, and I didn’t want to lose that strength. It’s meaningful that the results are the same gold,” Park said in pride.

When Park crossed the finish line, she clenched her fists and performed a more intense ceremony than usual. “I think I was excited because I won the title after hardships,” she said.

With the latest victory, Park has 556 overall ranking points, ranking second after Dubois (573 points). If she wins a gold medal in the second 1,500-meter race, she can rise to the top. Park’s goal is to achieve a crystal globe. “I found it harder to maintain than to rise to the top. I will run until the sixth and final competition without being complacent,” Park said.


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