S. Korea’s Choi Min-Jeong Sets New Olympic Short Track Record

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South Korea’s Choi Min-Jeong has set a new Olympic (skating) record (female category) on Saturday in the preliminary round of the skating short track speed (500meters) event at the PyeongChang winter Olympics.

This outstanding performance was recorded in the eight heat (last round) held at the Gangneung Ice Arena with the timing of 42.870, beating the previously set Olympic record of the 27-year-old Britain’s Elise Christie in the fourth heat with the timing of 42.872.

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Choi moved to the front of the four-member group race with three laps remaining and crossed the finish line first with the other three tumbling together.

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The semifinals and finals of the women’s 500m event will take place on Tuesday.

Her teammates Shim Suk-hee and Kim A-lang failed to get spots at the semi-finals.

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