Extra! Korea

February 25, 2010

Korean women’s team disqualified in 3,000-meter relay short-track speedskating

Filed under: sports — extrakorea @ 12:31 pm

The Korean women’s team were the first across the finish line in the 3,000-meter short-track relay speedskating competition, earning a record fifth consecutive gold medal in the event. They celebrated on the ice with their nation’s flag while the 4th-place American team looked dejected.

However, after several minutes of discussion amongst the referees, the Koreans were disqualified for impeding a Chinese skater, giving the Chinese the gold and the Canadians and Americans silver and bronze, respectively.

“I don’t know what the reason is,” said team member Kim Min-Jung. “I don’t have any clue what the referee was saying. It doesn’t make any sense at all.”

Officials later said they were disqualified for clicking skates with China just after an exchange with five laps to go. Kim was in the lead when her left skate blade hit the right blade of China’s Sun Linlin.

It’s the American women’s first medal in the event since since 1994.

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