Simon Cho won gold in the 500 meters at the short track speedskating World Cup yesterday in Dresden, Germany, a day after the American lost a race by one-hundredth of a second.
Cho won in 41.070 seconds. Wenhao Liang of China was second in 41.196, and Thibaut Fauconnet of France followed in 41.250. Cho won the overall event, finishing with 3,978 points after eight races, with Fauconnet second and Liang third.
In the women’s 500-meter race, Canada’s Marianne St-Gelais won in 43.091 seconds to overtake Qiuhong Liu of China in the overall event with 5,000 points.
Cross-country — Kikkan Randall of the United States and Emil Joensson of Sweden won World Cup sprints in Drammen, Norway, in the final tuneup for the world championships in Oslo this week.
Randall finished the 1.2-kilometer freestyle race in 2 minutes 17.2 seconds for her third career victory and second straight sprint win. Maiken Caspersen Falla was second and Charlotte Kalla third.
Joensson held off Alex Harvey of Canada to win the men’s 1.6K freestyle race in 3:04.8. Home favorite Petter Northug was third. Kris Freeman placed 23d for the US in the men’s race.
Alpine — Jean-Baptiste Grange of France won the men’s slalom to claim the final gold medal of the skiing world championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Jens Byggmark of Sweden was second, while Manfred Moelgg of Italy took bronze.
Luge — World Cup champion Tatjana Huefner of Germany ended the women’s World Cup season with a win in Sigulda, Latvia, coming from behind in the second run to beat Russia’s Tatiana Ivanova.
Huefner had already clinched her fourth straight World Cup title by finishing fourth in Russia last weekend, and completed the season-ending competition with a combined time of 1 minute 24.679 seconds.
Bobsled — Russians Alexsandr Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda won their first world championship by taking gold in the two-manrace in Koenigssee, Germany.
Two German teams tied for the silver, with Thomas Florschuetz and Kevin Kuske in Germany 3 equaling the time of Manuel Machata and Andreas Bredau in Germany 1, 0.18 seconds behind the Russians. The US team of Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton finished sixth.