World Short Track Speedskating Championships – Day 1

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Getting some results up before I get booted out of my hotel room and make my way back home.

Photo: BBC News

Athletes compete (USA’s Jordan Malone in third) during men’s 1500m heat during ISU’s World Short Track Speedskating Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria

Oddly enough, this is the only picture so far…and Jordan for some mysterious reason didn’t advance. =(
Guess the photographer showed up at the beginning, took one shot and left! LOL. Hey, I’m not complaining, I’m just sayin’… it’s better than nothing! =)

Katherine, Travis and J.R. all made it to the finals of the 1500m. US Ladies advance to the finals for the Relay (Alyson Dudek, Kimberly Derrick, Lana Gehring and Katherine Reutter- Allison Baver sat this one out). They go up against Korea, China and Canada.

Koreans swept the field in the individual 1500m races for both men and women 1-2-3

…and Meng Wang didn’t advance in the Semi Finals! (write this date down in your calendar! How often does THAT happen?) O_O

Ladies 1500m Final

1 5 PARK Seung-Hi KOR 2:21.570
2 2 LEE Eun-Byul KOR 2:21.665
3 3 CHO Ha-Ri KOR 2:21.821
4 4 REUTTER Katherine USA 2:22.225
5 1 ROBERGE Kalyna CAN 2:22.347
6 6 TER MORS Jorien NED 2:26.096

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Men’s 1500m Final

Place Start Pos. Name ISU Member Results Qual.
1 5 KWAK Yoon-Gy KOR 2:24.316
2 3 SUNG Si-Bak KOR 2:24.373
3 4 LEE Ho-Suk KOR 2:24.459
4 2 CELSKI J.R. USA 2:24.570
5 1 FAUCONNET Thibaut FRA 2:24.739
6 6 JAYNER Travis USA 2:25.762

Congrats to Team USA skaters who made it into the finals against a tough, packed crowd of Koreans. I’m sure it has been a loooooonnng season for all of you. Just a few more days, and you get a MUCH deserved rest. Go get ’em tigers!

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