Park Ji-won (27, Seoul City Hall), the men’s short track team, has risen to the top of the world.
Park Ji-won won the gold medal in the second race of the men’s 1000m at 1:25:359 at the 6th event of the 2022-23 season International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track World Cup held in Dordrecht, the Netherlands on the 13th (Korean time). In the men’s 5000m relay that followed, he was the last runner and led the team to victory.
Park Ji-won, who previously won the men’s 1500m on the 12th, won three gold medals in this competition and ranked first in the individual overall world cup for the 2022-23 season with a total score of 1068 in the World Cup rankings. With this, Park Ji-Won became the first recipient of the ‘Crystal Globe’ given to the overall winner from this season. Hong Gyeong-hwan (674 points, Goyang City Hall) took second place, and Stephen Dubois (668 points, Canada) took third place.
Park Ji-won, who won three gold medals in the first World Cup, won one gold and three silver medals in the second, and two gold and one silver in the third. In addition, Park Ji-won, who won three and two gold medals in the 4th and 5th competitions, respectively, won 3 gold medals in the last World Cup competition this season and decorated the finale splendidly. 스포츠토토
On this day, Park Ji-won played from behind at the beginning of the 1000m final and was unable to take the lead until three laps left at the finish line. However, on the last lap, he overtook Pascal Dion (Canada) and Luca Spetsenhauser (Italy) at once to rise to first place and cross the finish line intact.
Park Ji-won was also active in the men’s 5000m relay final. Park Ji-won, who competed with Lim Yong-jin (Goyang City Hall), Lee Dong-hyeon (Uijeongbu Kwangdong High School), and Kim Tae-seong (Dankook University), competed with China, Japan, and Kazakhstan for the gold medal. The national team ran first throughout the race, and with two laps left at the finish line, the national team engaged in a second match with China. Park Ji-won, who started as the last runner from Korea, was pursued by Lin Shao-jun (Korean name Lim Hyo-jun), the last runner from China, with a rough struggle, but cut the finish line first with a narrow gap.
South Korea won the gold medal with a time of 6:47:048, and China, with Lin Xiaojun at the fore, won the silver medal with a time of 6:47:090.
Park Ji-won, who received a large trophy at the awards ceremony, said in an interview with the ISU, “I wanted to become a part of short track speed skating history by becoming the first Crystal Globe winner. I am proud of myself for doing that.”
In the women’s national team, Kim Gil-ri (Seo Hyeon-go), a rising star, won the silver medal in the women’s 1000m event and placed 4th overall.