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China, S Korea split medals in speed skating at Harbin Universiade

2009-02-24 10:36:07 GMT2009-02-24 18:36:07 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Mo Tae Bum (C) of South Korea takes a photo with his compatriot Lee Kang Seok (R) and Polish Konrad Niedzwiedzki during the awarding ceremony for the men's 1000m final of speed skating in the 24th Winter Universiade at Heilongjiang Speed Skating Gym in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Feb. 24, 2009. Mo Tae Bum won the title with 1:10.05. Konrad Niedzwiedzki and Lee Kang Seok took the silver and bronze respectively. (Xinhua Photo)

Gold medalist China's Dong Feifei (C) and her teammate silver medalist Fu Chunyan (L) and bronze medalist Poland's Luiza Zlotkowska pose for group pictures during the awarding ceremony for women's 5000m of speed skating in the 24th World Winter Universiade at Heilongjiang Speed Skating Gym in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Feb. 24, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

China's Dong Feifei competes during the women's 5000m final of speed skating in the 24th World Winter Universiade at Heilongjiang Speed Skating Gym in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Feb. 24, 2009. Dong won the gold with 7 minutes 19.76 seconds. (Xinhua Photo)

Mo Tae Bum of South Korea competes during the men's 1000m final of speed skating in the 24th Winter Universiade at Heilongjiang Speed Skating Gym in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Feb. 24, 2009. Mo Tae Bum won the title with 1:10.05. (Xinhua Photo)

Konrad Niedzwiedzki of Poland gestures after the men's 1000m final of speed skating in the 24th Winter Universiade at Heilongjiang Speed Skating Gym in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Feb. 24, 2009. Konrad Niedzwiedzki took the silver with 1:10.42. (Xinhua Photo)

HARBIN, Northeast China, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- China rested a duo of established skaters but still made it even in medal collection against South Korea, as the Harbin Universiade speed skating competitions resumed Tuesday after a one-day break.

Without the host's top sprinter Yu Fengtong in the start list, the South Koreans dominated the men's 1,000 meters as Mo Tae Bum clocked one minute and 10.05 seconds to crown in the 37-man final and Lee Kang Seok took the bronze after timing 1:10.79.

The silver went to Konrad Niedzwiedzki, the 1,500m runner-up edged by Mo by just 0.10 seconds four days ago, as the Polish narrowly beat Lee on 1:10.42 after pairing the Korean on the track.

Later in the women's 5,000 meters, China's Dong Feifei and Fu Chunyan repeated their podium performance in last Saturday's 3,000mto finish 1-2 in the longest course of the long track speed skating events.

The double winner of the 1,500 and 3,000 meters, Dong, finished in seven minutes and 19.76 seconds for the title, while fellow Chinese Fu Chunyan, who won the first speed skating gold for China on Saturday, took the silver medal with a time of 7:20.38.

Luiza Zlotkowska of Poland, who raced the final pairing Fu on the track, was beaten to the third place on 7:20.43, narrowly missing a better place.

China's No. 1 speed skating sprinter Yu has been forced to quit the men's 1,000m race due to a strained right leg, while on the women's part, Ji Jia also opted to skip the 5,000m final for a better preparation for Thursday's team pursuit.

On Yu's absence, the hosts' best result of the men's mid-distance final on Tuesday came from Zhang Zhongqi, who finished sixth after timing 1:11.52, while Zhao Yaolin sat on the 10th on 1:11.97 and Liu Fangyi was a distant 23rd with a time of 1:14.14.

It's the first time for the Universiade speed skating that no record has been refreshed on a competitive day.

With Tuesday's victory, Mo has added a second gold medal to his Universiade collection after having lifted the 1,500m trophy on Sunday and claimed the 500m bronze last Thursday.

Mo's result, however, is still seconds short of the Universiade record of 1:09.68.

"I committed an error but was just lucky enough to win the gold with such a time," said the 20-year-old Mo, who stumbled a little in one of the curves of the two and a half ovals race.

"If there's not the error, I could definitely run in one minute and 9 plus seconds," added the junior of the Korean Sport University who was the third placer at both men's 500m and 1,000m in the 2007 Turin Universiade.

Mo's personal best is around 1:09.50, which could have sent him among the top 15 in Turin Winter Olympic Games' men's 1,000 meters, and the young skater said that he eyes on entering the top 10 in next year's Olympics in Vancouver.

The discipline is not what Lee Kang Seok puts most of his effort on and a bronze medal has been something beyond his expectation.

"I just wanted to attend more competitions to improve myself and the bronze medal is an extra reward for me, which made me more confident ahead of next month's World Championships," said Lee, a double winner in both the 500m and the 100m sprint.

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