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Schulting sweeps six golds at short track speed skating worlds

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-03-08 10:53
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LONDON - Olympic champion Suzanne Schulting took four more gold medals at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands on Sunday, making a clean sweep of titles in the six women's competitions.

With the absence of athletes from China and South Korea, Schulting came into the tournament as the hot favorite. The 23-year-old host skater had bagged the women's 1,500m and 500m titles on Saturday, before dominating the rink again on Sunday.

As Olympic champion in the 1,000m event, Schulting took victory in that distance with ease. Her result of one minute and 26.854 seconds was less than 0.2 seconds shy of the world record of 1:26.661 set by South Korea's Shim Suk-hee in 2012.

Schulting then finished first in the 3,000m superfinal to complete a clean sweep of all four individual races.

"To come away with all gold medals, and also winning the relay, is just amazing. I couldn't have finished this competition any better," Schulting was quoted as saying by the International Skating Union website.

The men's events were much more open. Hungarian brothers Liu Shaolin Sandor and Liu Shaoang made a one-two finish in the 1,000m final. Sebastian Lepape of France won the 3,000m superfinal. Liu Shaoang edged his elder brother to claim the overall title and the host nation concluded the tournament with victory in the 5,000m relay.

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