Choi Min-jeong wins 1,500m short track speed skating gold at Asian Winter Games

South Korea’s Choi Min-jeong won the 1,500 meter short track speed skating at the Asian Winter Games on Monday, establishing the favorite from next year’s Olympics host as an early medal contender.

Choi won the event with a time of 2 minutes, 21.46 seconds to edge fellow-South Korean Shim Suk-hee by .153 seconds. Guo Yihan of China was third in 2:30.017.

“I wasn’t that focused on us coming first and second and more concerned about the skaters from the other countries,” Choi, a seven-time world champion, said after the race. “But it was great that we could get this result together.”

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South Korea has been dominant in short track speed skating since it was introduced at the Albertville Olympics in 1992 but managed only two gold medals at the Sochi Games in 2014.

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