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Short Track

Zhou cruises in 1,500

By Beth Harris
Associated Press / February 21, 2010

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Zhou Yang of China easily won the gold medal and set an Olympic record last night in women’s 1,500-meter short-track speedskating.

Zhou breezed to the finish line in 2 minutes 19.993 seconds, well ahead of Lee Eun Byul of South Korea, who earned the silver in 2:17.849. Park Seung Hi of South Korea took the bronze, finishing in 2:17.927.

American Katherine Reutter finished fourth.

Zhou’s victory was China’s second gold in women’s short-track. Wang Meng won the 500, but she was disqualified in the semifinals of the 1,500.

Zhou, the 18-year-old world record-holder who is competing in her first Olympics, put her hands together in a thank-you gesture as she crossed the finish line in the eight-woman final.