China set the fastest time in the women's 3000-metre short-track speedskating relay at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Saturday by establishing a new Olympic record.
Korea, Canada and Italy also booked their places in Final A.
Here are the full times from each relay heat, per the Games' official website:
1. Republic of Korea 4:06.387
2. Canada 4:07.627
3. Hungary: 4.09.555
4. OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia) 4:21.973
1. China 4:05.315
2. Italy 4:05.918
3. Netherlands 4:05.977
4. Japan 4:12.664
Here is the medal tracker:
Choi Minjeong and Shim Sukhee led a strong Korean team, one forced to overcome an early tumble, seconds after the first change in the opening heat at the Gangneung Ice Arena.
The fall wasn't enough to slow the hosts, though, who recovered to produce a remarkable skate and finish ahead of Canada. In the process, Choi and Shim led the way to what was temporarily a new record.
CBC reporter Devin Heroux was left impressed by how the host nation had not lost focus even after its early misfortune:
Heroux also saw Marianne St-Gelais lead Canada into Final A after a solid and determined skate. The Canadians handled the changes efficiently but couldn't overcome the pace of the Koreans, who were buoyed by raucous support.
China and Italy also booked their places in Final A after a frenetic race in the second heat. Once the results were made official China had the Olympic record all to themselves.
Italy had kept pace, condemning Japan and the Netherlands to a place in the B final. The same fate also awaits Hungary and OAR's athletes.
However, Korea, China and Canada showed their class with some highly impressive skating to win tough races against strong competition.
Final B and Final A will get under way on Tuesday, February 20.