Park Ji-Won (27, Seoul City Hall), the new ace of the men’s short track speed skating team, has risen to the top of the world after a long wait.
Park Ji-won won the gold medal with a record of 1:25:359 in the second race of the men’s 1000m at the 6th event of the 2022-23 International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track World Cup held in Dordrecht, the Netherlands on the 13th (Korean time). He also led the championship as the last runner in the men’s 5000m relay.
Park Ji-won was pushed back to third place in the men’s 1000m final with three laps to go. Park Ji-won, who could hardly find an opportunity to overtake, picked up speed on the last lap and hit the outside. In the end, he quickly overtook Pascal Dion 온라인카지노(Canada) and Luca Spetsenhauser (Italy), who ran ahead of him, to rise to first place and cross the finish line intact.
In the men’s 5000m relay final, Park Ji-won’s performance shone. While Lim Yong-jin (Goyang City Hall), Lee Dong-hyeon (Uijeongbu Kwangdong High School), and Kim Tae-seong (Dankook University) competed, Park Ji-won competed as the last player against China, Japan, and Kazakhstan.
Korea, which led the race throughout the race, competed fiercely with China with two laps left at the finish line. In the end, it was compressed into a two-way match between Park Ji-won, the last runner from Korea, and Lun Xiaojun (Korean name Lim Hyo-jun), the last runner from China. Park Ji-won, who ran in first place, had a rough fight with Lin Xiaojun on the last straight line, but crossed the finish line first with a narrow gap. The record difference between Korea and China was only 0.042 seconds.
Park Ji-won, who won three gold medals in this event, including the men’s 1500m victory on the 12th, confirmed the individual overall first place in the 2022-23 season World Cup with a total World Cup ranking of 1068 points. He easily beat Kyung-hwan Hong (674 points, Goyang City Hall), who placed 2nd in the overall rankings, and Stephen Dubois (668 points, Canada), who placed 3rd, and won the “Crystal Globe” given to the overall winner of the season.
Park Ji-won expressed her feelings, “Since the start of the season, my goal has been to win the overall championship, and I am very happy to have achieved it. I will fight to show a better image at the upcoming World Championships.”