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Knegt, Choi win short-track speedskating world titles

March 15, 2015

MOSCOW (AP) — Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands and South Korea’s Choi Minjeong won the men’s and women’s overall titles Sunday at the short-track speedskating world championships.

In a tense finish, Knegt beat his closest rival Park Se-yeong of South Korea by 0.023 seconds in the final 3,000-meter race to become the first European-born skater to win the men’s overall title since 1991.

China’s Wu Dajing took the bronze, while defending champion Viktor An of Russia had to settle for ninth.

In the women’s event, Choi’s dominant all-round performance over two days of races gave her a first overall title, ahead of Italy’s Arianna Fontana and defending champion Shim Suk-hee of South Korea.

China won the women’s relay and South Korea the men’s relay.

The men’s individual 1,000 title went to Park in a time of 1 minute 25.155 seconds, 0.034 ahead of Canada’s Charles Hamelin. China’s Shi Jingnan took bronze, 0.036 further back.

The women’s 1,000 also went to South Korea, with victory for Choi in 1:32.730, ahead of Britain’s Elise Christie, 0.042 behind. Fontana took bronze, 0.121 down on Christie.

Saturday’s first day of competition had seen Wu take the men’s 500 after Russian Semen Elistratov had won the 1,500. The women’s 500 went to Fan Kexin of China and the 1,500 to Fontana.

At the world championships, titles are awarded to the winners of various events, as well as to the overall best skaters according to a points system.

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