SHANGHAI (AP) -- South Korean and Chinese skaters swept most of the podium finishes in the 1,500-meter races Friday to open the world short-track speedskating championships.
Noh Jink-yu of South Korea won gold in the men’s 1,500 in a time of 2 minutes, 15.661 seconds, with teammates Kwak Yoon-gy second in 2:15.755 and Sin Da-woon in third in 2:15.861.
In the women‘s race, Li Jianrou finished in a time of 2:23.217, less than two one-hundredths of a second faster than Liu Qiuhong’s 2:23.411. Canada‘s Marie-Eve Drolet took third place in 2:23.474.
Two finals were scheduled for Saturday -- the 500-meter men’s and women‘s events -- followed by six championship races Sunday on the final day of the titles.