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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

PostHeaderIcon South Korea Gold in Womens Speed Skating

Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea held on to win the Gold Medal in the Women's 500-meter speed skating event. Germany's Jenny Wolf was heavily favored for the Gold Medal but came up second. Wang Beixing of China, another favorite, settled for Bronze.

RICHMOND, British Columbia (AP) - Lee Sang-hwa wanted to keep up with her friends.

She wound up with a gold medal.

The 20-year-old South Korean stunned favorites Jenny Wolf and Wang Beixing on Tuesday to give her country a sweepof the 500-meter events at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Through the first four speedskating events, the Asian nation has won two golds and a silver - none of them expected. After all, South Korea has never won a Winter gold in any sport other than short track until its dominant opening run at the big oval in suburban Vancouver.

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