Wang Meng dominates women's 500m at ISU World Cup Short Track Shanghai

2012-12-09 09:05:23 GMT2012-12-09 17:05:23(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese star skater Wang Meng won the women's 500-meter for the fourth time in a row at the ISU World Cup Short Track Series Shanghai leg here on Sunday.

Wang, four-time Winter Olympic gold medalist, established an early lead in the final with her younger teammate Fan Kexin as the other two competitors slipped down at the beginning of the race.

Wang led all the way to win the title in 43.743 seconds, while Fan, clocked 43.975, finished second. Marianne St-Gelais of Canada came third in 53.900.

"I don't think I have any advantage in the 500m," said a modest Wang. "We are on the same level, and what I am working on is to be stable."

"The Canadian skaters are strong in short and middle distance," she added. "My teammate Fan helped me a lot in the final that she broke the rhythm of the Canadians and made them fell. Without her help, my race couldn't be so smooth."

It was the 28-year-old's first international competition on home soil after a 13-month suspension. She was expelled from the national team last August for punching team manager Wang Chunlu after breaking the team, and she has been banned from all kinds of domestic competitions including the National Winter Games in January and the Short Track Shanghai Worlds in March.

Wang had her suspension lifted in September and has dominated the 500m event in the ISU World Cup with a hat-trick of victories at the previous three legs.

Canada pocketed the gold of the men's 500m as Charles Hamelin timed 40.821 to lift the title. Russian Vladimir Grigorev came second in 40.854, while the bronze went to Wu Dajiang of China, who crossed the finish line in 41.687.

"I performed my training level," said Wu. "The start was not good, and my rivals have more experience than me."

The bronze was his best result at the World Cup series.

The 2012/2013 ISU World Cup Short Track includes six stops, namely Calgary, Montreal, Nagoya, Shanghai, Sochi and Dresden. The Shanghai leg runs from Dec. 7 to 9.

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