In the men’s 500m final, Russia’s Victor Ahn rallied from the back to claim his second gold in Sochi and his fifth Olympic gold overall. With the win, he’s now the first skater to win all four individual events in Olympic short track history.
Ahn, the Korea-born competitor who won three golds at the ’06 Torino Games but became a Russian citizen in 2011, made an outside move for second and then went to the inside of China’s Wu Dajing for the lead on the final lap. Dajing tried to make one last rally but was unable to complete a pass.
Ahn’s previous Sochi triumph in the men’s 1000m was met with mixed reactions in his homeland.
Officials from Korea’s skating union were severely criticized by fans and media alike after that win, and South Korea’s president called for an investigation into how the skater once known as Ahn Hyun-Soo got away from the country’s program.
Ahn himself didn’t take much criticism compared to the officials, but even so, you have to wonder how his 500m win will go over.
Of course, you don’t have to wonder about the Russians’ thoughts on that – they’re loving it.
Dajing got the silver in the end, while Canada’s Charle Cournoyer got the bronze.
As for Team USA’s J.R. Celski, the world record holder in the 500m, he wound up sixth overall after finishing outside the top two in his semifinal heat and then finishing runner-up in the “B” Final.
SHORT TRACK – MEN’S 500m A FINAL
1. Victor Ahn (RUS), 41.312
2. Wu Dajing (CHN), 41.516
3. Charle Cournoyer (CAN), 41.617
4. Wenhao Liang (CHN), 1:13.590
6. J.R. Celski (USA), 2nd in B Final