By Jung Joo-ri and Yoon Hee Young
The national women’s short-track team has won the silver medal at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in the 3,000-m relay.
Kim A-lang (Goyang City Hall), Seo Whi-min (Korea University), Lee Yu-bin (Yonsei University) and Choi Min-jeong (Seongnam City Hall) on Feb. 13 crossed the finish line to finish second after the Dutch team in the race at Capital Indoor Stadium in the Chinese capital.
Korea’s time of 4:03:627 was just 0.218 seconds after that of the winner Netherlands (4:03:409). China won the bronze with 4:03:863, followed by Canada.
The Korean women thus earned their third consecutive medal in the event after winning the gold both in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2018 PyeongChang Games.
The silver is Team Korea’s fifth medal at this year’s Games.
President Moon Jae-in in a congratulatory telegram called the medal a “splendid achievement” accomplished in the relay for three straight Olympics after the Sochi and PyeongChang Games. He hailed it as “the best game” and added that he was proud of the Korean athletes “for combining their skills and hearts to deliver the gift of great joy.”