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S. Korea wins silver in men's 5,000-meter speed skating

All Headlines 10:00 February 14, 2010

VANCOUVER, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea took the silver medal in the men's 5,000-meter speed skating competition at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver on Saturday.

Lee Seung-hoon clocked in at 6 minutes 16.95 seconds, finishing second to Dutch world champion Sven Kramer, who came through in 6 minutes 14.60 seconds. Russian Ivan Skobrev claimed the bronze in 6 minutes 18:05 seconds.

The 22-year old became Asia's first to win a medal at a long-distance speed skating event at the Olympics.

The former short-track skater has repeatedly set Korean records in the men's 5,000-meter, raising hopes that he could be a surprise medalist in this year's Olympics. His conversion to speed skating occurred just last year following stiff competition in the short-track scene.

"The result was better than expected. Honestly I wasn't certain of being able to win a medal but It came to my mind that I was doing better than I expected while checking the laptime during the race," Lee told reporters.

South Korea is eyeing its first gold medal later in the day at the men's 1,500-meter short track event. Short-track skaters have traditionally been the most prolific of South Korea's Olympic gold medal winners and this year is expected to be no exception.


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