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Russia takes second gold in biathlon, China, Japan also win gold medals

January 25, 1997

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Elena Maslova of Russia won a second gold medal Saturday in the Winter University Games, beating American Rachel Steer in the women’s 7.5-kilometer biathlon by 18.5 seconds.

China swept the women’s 500-meter track speed skating race, grabbing both gold and silver medals. Japan also scored with a gold and a bronze in the men’s 500-meter speed skating race. South Korea also won its first medals, a silver and a bronze.

The biathlon events were held in Muju, 117 miles southeast of Seoul, while the speed skating venue was in Chunju, 124 miles south of the capital.

Maslova, who earlier won the gold in the 15-kilometer biathlon, finished in 25:37.5.

In spite of having missed three targets, Maslova still came out ahead of Steer, who had missed just two of the targets. Steer had earlier won the bronze in the 15-kilometer race.

Kamila Horakova of the Czech Republic came in third, in 26:33.5. She was followed by Tatkana Rud of Ukraine and Isoline Gaspard of France. Horakova’s win brought the country’s medal count to two, following Marian Malet’s gold in the men’s 20-kilometer biathlon Friday.

In the men’s 500-meter track speed skating race, Hiroaki Yamakage of Japan won the gold by beating Lee Kyu-hyuk of South Korea with a combined time of 1:15.63.

Even though Lee had the quickest time for Saturday’s second run, 37.71 seconds, his slower first run gave him a total of 1:15.98.

Another Japanese athlete, Keiju Takahashi, won the bronze in 1:16.14.

In the women’s 500 speed skating race, Chunyuan Yang of China won the gold in 1:23.02, beating compatriot Yanzi Li, who finished in 1:23.32.

Chun Hee-joo of South Korea came in third, in 1:24.12, beating another South Korean, Kang Mi-young.

The University Games, which take place every two years, are open to student athletes or recent graduates between the ages of 17 and 28. About 1,800 athletes and officials from 48 countries are competing in 53 events.

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