USA Relay Team Wins Bronze As World Junior Championships Conclude

Jan. 29, 2017, 12:31 p.m. (ET)

The Short Track World Junior Championships concluded today from the Olympiaworld in Innsbruck, Austria with the men and women’s 1000m Finals, 1500m Superfinals and the 3000m relay Finals.

Highlighting the final day of racing was the men’s 3000m relay team of Thomas Hong (Laurel, Md.), Benjamin Thornock (Salt Lake City, Utah), Aaron Heo (Warrington, Pa.) and Brandon Kim (Fairfax, Va.). The quartet capped the great weekend of racing for the U.S. by winning a bronze medal, the U.S.’s first Junior relay medal since 2012 when the men’s team of Adam Callister, Claude Gilbert, John-Henry Krueger and James Rodowsky also won bronze.

Other highlights from Team USA included a B Final second place finish for Hong in the men’s 1000m (finished seventh overall) and a B Final fourth place finish for Maame Biney (Reston, Va.) in the women’s 1000m (finished eighth overall). Hong also finished fourth in the men’s 1500m Superfinal in 2:13.785, which is used for overall classification purposes.

Hong and Biney led the way for the U.S. in the overall rankings, finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Other top overall finishers were Gabriella Hachem (North Potomac, Md.) and April Shin (Rockville, Md.) who finished 18th and 19th, respectively. In her first career World Junior Championships, Biney’s overall finish was the highest from a woman U.S. Junior since Mary Grace in 2009 (also finished seventh). Hong’s fourth place ranking was the highest for a male Junior since fellow World Cup team member John-Henry Krueger finished fourth in 2012.

Full race results can be found here.

Highlights from World Junior Championships Day 3 (January 29)

  • The men’s 3000m relay team of Thomas Hong, Benjamin Thornock, Aaron Heo and Brandon Kim won the bronze medal…was the U.S.’s first Junior relay medal since 2012.
  • Hong finished seventh overall in the men’s 1000m and was the U.S.’s highest ranking individual, finishing fourth overall…is highest overall U.S. Junior finish since 2012 (John-Henry Krueger).
  • Maame Biney's seventh place overall finish is the best U.S. women’s Junior finish since Mary Grace also finished seventh in 2009...this is her first World Junior Championships.
  • Gabriella Hachem and April Shin cracked the top-20 overall standings, finishing 18th and 19th, respectively…all three individual Junior women finished in the top-20…only three countries had three women finish in the top-20 – USA, China and Japan.

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