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(Olympics) Choi Min-jeong becomes first S. Korean athlete to win two golds at PyeongChang

All Headlines 21:08 February 20, 2018

By Kim Boram

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- With her second gold medal at the ongoing PyeongChang Winter Olympics, South Korea's short track speed skating star Choi Min-jeong had enough time to herald her supremacy in the sport.

She led South Korea to gold in the 3,000 meter relay at the Gangneung Ice Arena, extending her home country's dominance in the sport and bagging her second gold of the games, following the title in the women's 1,500m last week.

Her strong performance helped South Korea take the final lead in the last two laps.

Before coming to PyeongChang, Choi placed first in the world rankings in three individual races and led the No. 1 South Korean team in the 3,000m relay. Even in the shortest 500m discipline, which South Korean female short trackers have never won in the Olympics, she was the fastest in the world.

Winning two medals in a single Olympic Games has been achieved only by five skaters in South Korea since 1992, when short track speed skating was first adopted as an Olympic sport.

Among female athletes, Chun Lee-kyung took two gold medals each at Lillehammer 1994 and Nagano 1998, and Jin Sun-yu won three at Torin 2006. Most recently, Park Seung-hi, who switched to long track speed skating and competed at PyeongChang, accomplished the Olympic double four years ago.

Next, she is aiming to become the first female short track skater in 12 years to achieve a treble at an Olympics.

Her third and last medal event will be from the women's 1,000m on Thursday.

South Korea's Choi Min-jeong (R) crosses the finish line at the women's 3,000m relay short track speed skating competition of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics held at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Feb. 20, 2018. (Yonhap)

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