Biney Finishes Third Overall At World Junior Short Track Championships

March 04, 2018, 1:17 p.m. (ET)

Maame Biney (Reston, Va.) captured bronze in the women’s 1000m and finished third overall on the final day of racing at World Junior Short Track Championships at the Ice Arena in Tomaszow Mazowieckei, Poland.

“It’s crazy,” Biney said. “I didn’t know that I was going to be able to do this. I was so tired getting off the plane (from the Olympics).”

Biney won her second medal of the event by placing third in the women’s 1000m in 1:34.592 seconds, just .341 seconds behind first-place finisher Ji Yoo Kim of Korea. She won gold in the 500m on Saturday.

Later in the day, the 2018 Olympian placed fifth in the women’s 1500m Super Final to collect enough points to finish third overall in the competition (54 points). Biney finished behind Kim (94 points) and Canada’s Courtney Lee Sarault (84 points).

“I just wanted to go out and give it my best and now I’m coming home with three medals,” Biney said.

The 18-year-old becomes just the third U.S. woman to ever podium at World Junior Short Track Championships, joining Julie Goskowicz who finished third overall in 1997 and Erin Porter who finished second overall in 1996. Biney is the first American to finish top-three overall at World Juniors since J.R. Celski placed third in 2009.

Gabrialla Hachem (North Potomac, Md.) also advanced to the 1000m A Final, advancing out of the semifinals when she was impeded Hungary’s Petra Jaszapati. Hachem finished fifth overall with a time of 1:35.954 and finished 10th overall in the women’s standings – her best career finish at World Junior Championships.

Both men’s and women’s 3000m relay teams finished second in their respective B Final events. The men’s team of Aaron Heo (Warrington, Pa.), Andrew Heo (Warrington, Pa.), Brandon Kim (Fairfax, Va.) and Jonathan So (Herndon, Va.) skated a 4:08.320, while the women’s team of Elizabeth Johnson (Orange, Calif.), Julie Letai (Medfield, Mass.), Biney and Hacehm skated a 4:29.101.

Kim once again led the way for the men, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the 1000m. Kim finished third in his heat, just missing the semifinal round. The two-time World Junior team member had the top overall finish for the men, placing 11th overall.

Aaron Heo and So both failed to advance out of the 1000m heat round. Heo finished 20th overall and So placed 41st overall.

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Highlights from World Junior Short Track Championships

  • Maame Biney won bronze in the women’s 1000m and finished third overall in the World Junior Short Track Championship standings…she becomes just the third U.S. women to finish on the podium at World Juniors.
  • Both the men’s and women’s 3000m relay teams finished second in their respective B Final events
  • Gabriella Hachem reached the women’s 1000m A Final, skating to a fifth-place finish…she finished the competition 10th overall.
  • Two-time World Junior team member Brandon Kim had the best overall finish for the U.S. men, placing 11th.

Quotes from Maame Biney
“It’s crazy. I didn’t know that I was going to be able to do this. I was so tired getting off the plane (from the Olympics). I just wanted to go out and give it my best and now I’m coming home with three medals.

Quotes from Head Coach LinLin Sun
“This is my second year as the Juniors coach and they did a great job this year. This team was really young compared to last year and the overall results are higher than they were in 2016-17.”

“Although we didn’t make it to the A Finals in the relay, the team worked really hard and finished fifth overall for the guys and 6th overall for the girls. That’s pretty good considering how young both teams are.”