Published : 2013-10-06 09:25
Updated : 2013-10-06 09:25
Teenager Kim A-lang gave South Korea its first title at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup Short Track on home ice on Saturday.
At Mokdong Ice Rink in Seoul, Kim claimed the women's 1,500-meter title at 2:23.400, beating teammate Shim Suk-hee and Valerie Maltais of Canada.
This is the second leg of the four-event World Cup series. In the first leg held in Shanghai last month, South Koreans combined for four titles.
Kim, 18, earned two gold medals at the junior world championships held in Poland in February. In the previous World Cup in Shanghai, Kim finished second behind Shim in both the 1,000ｍ and 1,500ｍ, while helping South Korea win the 3,000ｍ relay gold.
Another South Korean, Park Seung-hi, came in third place in the 1,500ｍ final Saturday but was disqualified for impeding Maltais during the race.
Kim's gold was the only one South Korea won on Saturday. Lee Han-bin finished second behind Charles Hamelin of Canada in the men's 1,500ｍ final. Park Se-young was third in the men's 500ｍ.
Victor An, a Russian skater born in South Korea as Ahn Hyun-soo, was the men's 500ｍ champion at 40.764 seconds. Earlier in the day, he finished second in the 1,500ｍ.
The three-time Olympic champion is competing in South Korea for the first time since becoming the Russian citizen in December 2011.
Finals for the men's and women's 1,000ｍ, and for the men's 5,000ｍ relay and the women's 3,000ｍ relay are scheduled for Sunday, the last day of the competition. (Yonhap news)