The Olympic champion men short track speed skating team have won the speed skating series’ Calgary event with a world record. In addition, Shaoang Liu won the gold medal on the 1000-metre race, while his brother, Sándor Shaolin Liu, got to third place in the category of the shortest distance – index.hu reported.
From the ‘golden four’ of Pyeongchang, Viktor Knoch, who is on a one-year respite, was replaced by Cole Krueger who performed along the side of the Liu brothers and Csaba Burján. The quartet confidently took over the South-Korean and Dutch teams at the end of the 5000-metre race. In addition, their time,
6 minutes and 28.625 seconds, set the new world record.
The previous record was held by the Americans with their 6 minutes and 29.052 seconds, but now, the first three teams all did better.
If you are interested in last year’s Hungarian success at the European skating championship, you can find more information about it here.
The 20-year-old Shaoang Liu also did great in the individual race. He came out winning both the quarter and semi-finals, and he managed to pass his South Korean opponent by 50.000th of a second, securing the gold medal.
In the second 500-metre race, both Sándor Shaolin Liu and Csaba Burján got through to the quarterfinals, but only Sándor managed to reach the finals, where he got to third place, securing his bronze. Burján got qualified in the B finals, where he managed to come third – he got to the 7th place altogether.
In the women’s category, Petra Jászai was the only Hungarian in the 500-metre individual race, where she finished as 11th.
In the debuting medley relay small finals, the Hungarian team consisted of Varnyú, Burján, Jászapáti, and Luca Sára Bácskai. Unfortunately, due to rule infringements, they got disqualified and only ended up coming 8th.
The World Cup series will continue in Salt Lake City in the US from next Friday to Sunday (November 9-11)
Meanwhile, Hungary is planning on developing a new skating centre in Budapest.
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