November 29, 2022

South Korean brief observe pace skater Hwang Dae-heon ended his second Winter Olympics on Wednesday together with his second medal in Beijing, doubling the whole from his debut 4 years in the past.

Hwang helped South Korea to the silver medal behind Canada within the males’s 5,000m relay at Capital Indoor Stadium on Wednesday, precisely per week after grabbing his first profession gold within the 1,500m. At PyeongChang 2018, Hwang had gained silver within the 500m.

Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea (R) embraces teammate Kwak Yoon-gy after South Korea won silver in the men's 5,000m relay in short track speed skating at the Beijing Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing on Feb. 16, 2022. (Yonhap)

Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea (C) competes within the males’s 5,000m relay briefly observe pace skating on the Beijing Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing on Feb. 16, 2022. (Yonhap)

Given the way in which Beijing 2022 started for Hwang 11 days in the past, few may have imagined it might finish on such a excessive word for him.

In his first race, the blended staff relay, Hwang helplessly watched as his teammate Park Jang-hyuk fell with three laps left and knocked South Korea out of the quarterfinals.

Hwang turned a central determine in an officiating controversy after his subsequent occasion, the lads’s 1,000m. He was disqualified from the semifinals for an unlawful passing inflicting contact with one other skater, a call that left many South Korean followers and officers up in arms.

Amid the noise surrounding the equity of refereeing, Hwang saved his head down and labored. He captured his first profession gold within the 1,500m. Although he was penalized within the 500m semifinals — with an apparent violation that left no room for any controversy — Hwang had a clear race to carry South Korea to its first relay gold since 2006.

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And the entire debacle from Hwang’s 1,000m will go down as a footnote to what has in any other case been a wildly profitable Olympics.

Hwang got here up brief in a bid to turn into the primary South Korean male brief tracker to win at the very least two gold medals at a single Winter Olympics since Lee Jung-su at Vancouver 2010.

Nonetheless simply 22, Hwang is a major candidate to maintain including to his medal tally and to take one other shot at turning into a a number of champion in 2026.