February 15

China’s Zhou wins Olympic 1,500 short track gold

Zhou overcomes a false start to defend her Olympic title.

By Beth Harris
The Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia — Zhou Yang of China won the women’s 1,500-meter short track gold medal, successfully defending the Olympic title she won four years ago.

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Zhou Yang of China, right, celebrates placing first in a women’s 1,500-meter short track speedskating final with Li Jianrou of China, left, at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday in Sochi, Russia.

The Associated Press

Zhou overcame a false start to win Saturday at the Iceberg Skating Palace. Shim Suk-hee of South Korea earned the silver. Arianna Fontana of Italy took the bronze, earning her second short track medal of these games. Fontana won silver in the 500.

There was a three-skater crash in the final involving 500 gold medalist Li Jianrou of China, Kim Alang of South Korea and Emily Scott of Springfield, Mo. All three wiped out in the turn with seven laps to go.

Scott finished fifth while Kim was disqualified and Li didn’t finish.

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