Hwang's consistency shines through with World Cup gold

Hwang's consistency shines through with World Cup gold
By Sportsbeat

11/11/2017 at 14:16Updated

Hwang Dae Heon's unerring consistency shows no signs of slowing down after a stunning last-gasp overtake saw him take Audi ISU World Cup Short Track gold in Shanghai.

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The 18-year-old has already had a storming season on the ice but took that to a new level in the men's 1500m, jumping from third to gold with one emphatic sweep just metres from the line.

That saw him leapfrog Sjinkie Knegt and Kim Do Kyoum to the top of the podium, as they were forced to settle for silver and bronze respectively in China, with this Kim's first World Cup podium.

"He surprised me. I wasn't expecting him," admitted Knegt. "I was trying to look forward to pass the number one and then he jumped in.

"It is what it is. I think tactically I did well. Too bad I finished second."

Meanwhile the women's 1500m race saw a win for Korea in the shape of Shim Suk Hee, taking the victory ahead of compatriot Choi Min Jeong for her second gold of the season.

Marianne St Gelais took bronze after she and Canadian teammate Valerie Maltais had split the South Koreans for much of the race, only to be usurped in the latter stages.

"It's good. The reason I'm happy is that through this race I can be sure of my ability. Now I feel very confident," said Shim.

"I wasn't exactly worried about what was going on behind. I was focused on the race."

There was also Canadian success in the women's 500m, as Kim Boutin stormed to gold, while Wu Dajing won the men's equivalent, following his silver medal from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Sportsbeat 2017