Korea’s Lee Sang Hwa Takes Gold At Sochi

D-Bo, Feb. 11, 2014, 1:01 p.m.

Korean speed skater Lee Sang Hwa has won gold in the women’s 500 meter speed skating competition at this year’s Olympics held in Sochi, Russia.  The 24-year old ”Beast from the Far East” put together two blistering races to successfully defend her Olympic title in Sochi Tuesday. She led after the opening heat and went even faster the second time around the big oval, to set two Olympic records.

In the two-race competition at Adler Arena Skating Center, Lee had a combined time of 74.70 seconds, a new Olympic record and 0.36 second faster than the runner-up, Olga Fatkulina of Russia. Margot Boer of the Netherlands took the bronze with 75.48 seconds combined.

Lee’s second run of 37.28 seconds also beat the mark of 37.30 set by Catriona Le May Doan at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

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