PRC’s Yang Yang (A) dominates


CHONJU, South Korea, AP

Mainland Chinese female skater Yang Yang (A) added three gold medals Sunday to finish the 2001 World Short Track Speedskating Championships with four golds. Yang dominated the championships’ final day by winning all three women’s competitions — the 1,000, 3,000-meter races and the 3,000-meter relay. She won the 1,500-meter on the opening day, Friday. In the 1,000-meter race, Yang clocked 105.664 in the 1,000-meter. Fellow Chinese Chunlu Wang and Yang Yang (S) finished second and third with 105.734 and 105.773, respectively. Yang also won the 3,000 meter, with 503.454. Wang again finished second with 503.549, trailed by Bulgaria’s Evegnia Radanova with 503.650. Yang’s fourth gold came in the women’s 3,000-meter relay. Yang with Dandan Sun, Chunlu Wang and Yang Yang (S) finished first in 405.927. South Korea came in second in 405.976 and Bulgaria third in 407.597. In the men’s competition, China’s Jiajun Li and American Apolo Anton Ohno both won two gold medals.Li won his second gold in the 1,000-meter race Sunday. He won the 500-meter Saturday.

Li clocked 102.034 to win the 1,000-meter. Ohno came in second in 102.160, followed by South Korea’s Min Ryong with 102.269.

Ohno won the men’s 3,000-meter Sunday, clocking 506.664. Canada’s Marc Gagnon came in second in 506.664 and fellow Canadian Jonathan Guilmette third in 507.322. The American added another gold in the men’s 5,000-meter relay. He and three other U.S. skaters — Ron Biondo, Rusty Smith and Daniel Weinstein — finished first in 705.885. Canadians came in second in 706.458 and Chinese finished third with 705.312. The three-day event was held at the Hwasan indoor skating rink in Chonju, 320 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of Seoul.