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S. Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa pulls out of worlds to rest injured leg

All Headlines 16:04 February 11, 2017

By Yoo Jee-ho

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korean star Lee Sang-hwa pulled out of her second race at the ongoing speed skating world championships on Saturday to rest her injured leg.

Lee withdrew from the women's 1,000m at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships at Gangneung Oval in Gangneung, Gangwon Province.

Lee, who's been bothered by a right calf injury all season, won silver in the 500m here on Friday. She said afterward she was still competing at about 70 percent, and according to an official at the Korea Skating Union (KSU), she decided to skip the 1,000m for precautionary reasons. The 1,000m isn't Lee's main event.

Lee is the two-time reigning Olympic champion and the world record holder in the 500m with 36.36 seconds. She's also scheduled to compete at the Asian Winter Games, which starts on Feb. 19 in Sapporo, Japan.

South Korean Lee Sang-hwa waves to the crowd after winning silver in the women's 500m at the International Skating Union World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Feb. 10, 2017. (Yonhap)

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