Olympic Speedskating 2014: Women's Short-Track 3,000-Meter Relay Results

Michael WadeAnalyst IIIFebruary 18, 2014

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South Korea have won gold in the women's short-track 3,000-meter relay on Day 11 at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Canada claimed silver, while Italy took bronze. Defending champions China were penalised after one of their competitors was deemed to have made an illegal overtake.

In the original finish, China finished second after contesting a tightly fought race with the South Koreans, but the standings were adjusted following China's disqualification.

Women's Short-Track 3,000-Meter Relay Results and Medalists
TeamStart OrderFinish OrderTime
South Korea114:09.498

The South Korean team in jubilant mood following the flower ceremony.
The South Korean team in jubilant mood following the flower ceremony.Bernat Armangue/Associated Press/Associated Press

The South Korean team, which consisted of Ha-Ri Cho, Alang Kim, Seung-Hi Park and Suk Hee Shim, secured a time of four minutes, 9.498 seconds to take victory at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

The win claimed South Korea's third gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics and their fifth overall.

China coach Li Yan disputed the officials' decision to penalise them but ultimately accepted it, via Greg Hughes of CBC news in Canada:

According to the judges, When [Yang] Zhou exchanged, she was on the track and impeded skaters behind her. But according to what I saw, there were two to three metres between her and the Korean skater and a skater is allowed to go on to the track when they exchange. 

The judges' decision is the final one. We are disappointed, but we respect it.

Canada, who claimed silver at the 2010 Games, were second best once again, crossing the line with a time of 4:10.641.

The Canadian short-track speedskating team celebrate their silver medal.
The Canadian short-track speedskating team celebrate their silver medal.Bernat Armangue/Associated Press/Associated Press

Marianne St-Gelais was the only competitor to skate for Canada in Vancouver in 2010 and in Sochi in 2014.

Their achievement was recognised by the Olympics Canada Twitter account:

South Korea may feel like justice has finally been done, after they were penalised during the 2010 Winter Olympics and lost their gold medal to China due to an illegal overtaking manoeuvre.

To be able to start the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as defending champions will mean a lot.

Being penalised will be a bitter pill to swallow for the China team, who had high hopes of retaining their crown, and they will be upset about the way in which they failed to defend their title.

However, the Koreans were too good for them and deserved the victory after a spirited race, and the majority of their team are at an age where they will be able to defend their crown in 2018 on home soil.