China’s Li Jianrou wins women’s short track 500m gold


China’s Li Jianrou won gold in the women’s short track 500m on Thursday. Italy’s Arianna Fontana finished second and Korea’s Park Seung-Hi won bronze.

Jianrou, 27, seems to favor the ice in Sochi, as she won two medals at a World Cup event. She’s been a strong performer at the relay level, with 11 World Cup golds in that area.

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She wasn’t her country’s biggest favorite, however. That would be Fan Kexin, who crashed during the semifinals and was eliminated.

U.S. skater Emily Scott finished in 12th place.