John Henry Krueger Wins Bronze in China

Dec. 13, 2014, 5:38 p.m. (ET)

The third stop of the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Series 2014/15 resumed today in Shanghai, China with the Ladies and Men’s 500 m and 1500 m events.

Yutong Han (CHN) and Da Woon Sin (KOR) at the top in the 1500m

The local crowd was given another reason to celebrate today with two podium spots claimed in the Ladies’ 1500 m. Yutong Han (CHN) finished first while her teammate Hongshuang Li finished third. This was Li’s first individual World Cup medal. Suk Hee Shim (KOR) crossed the line in third place. Arianna Fontana of Italy split the Korean skaters, taking third place. Suk Hee Shim maintains her lead in the World Cup classification in the 1500 m while the win by Han allows her to move into second place, ahead of Arianna Fontana (ITA), who is not competing this weekend.

On the Men’s side, Korea claimed yet another victory in the Men’s 1500 m: it was Da Woon Sin who finished first, after taking the lead with six laps to go. This is Da Woon Sin’s second win of the season in the distance. Charles Hamelin (CAN) finished in second, while John-Henry Krueger (USA) finished third. The World Cup classification leader for the distance remains Da Woon Sin, with Hamelin in second and Krueger in third.

Racing resumes tomorrow with the Ladies and Men 1000 m and the second 500 m events. The teams advancing in Ladies 3000m Relay final are China, Russia, Korea and Canada; in the Men’s 5000m Relay, Canada, United States, Netherlands and Korea will be competing in the final.

Highlights:

  • John-Henry Krueger (Pittsburgh, PA) nabbed the bronze medal in the 1500m, with a time of 2:13.041.
  • Keith Carroll Jr. (West Chester, PA) and Cole Krueger (Pittsburgh, PA) finished 22nd and 26th respectively in the Men’s 1500m.
  • Ryan Pivirotto celebrated his best performance to date in the 500m, finishing 5th overall.
  • For the ladies, Olympian Jessica Smith (West Jordan, UT) skated to 11th place in the 500m. Teammate Katy Ralston (Saratoga Springs, NY) was forced to pull out of the race due to injury.
  • Kimi Goetz finished 26th in the 1500m with a time of 2:40.533.

For full results of the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Series 2014/15 please refer to http://shorttrack.sportresult.com/ and http://www.isu.org/en/speed-skating/series/isu-world-cup- speed-skating

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