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China's Jianrou Li, known more for the 1,000 meters and 3,000-meter relay in short-track speedskating, won the gold in the 500 meters over Italy's Arianna Fontana. Li was as shocked as anyone when she won—especially when the rest of the field fell down around her.
The tight turns and jockeying for position make short-track speedskating dangerous but also a fascinating watch. Li managed to stay upright on the final lap and won gold. The win kept China's win streak in the 500 alive. Li's teammate, the injured Wang Meng, was the two-time defending champion in the event.
For Fontana, everything she touches turns to silver. In two of the last three World Championships, Fontana has won silver in the 500. She won the bronze in the 2010 Olympics.
As for Li, there's nothing like your coach raining on your win by saying it's for the person whose absence is the only reason you were in this position in the first place.
“I cried because I was so excited,” Li said, per the AP (via The Boston Globe). “My coach told me this medal is for Wang Meng as well, so I felt very moved.”