China’s Zhou Yang wins 1,500 short track gold

Zhou Yang of China easily won the gold medal and set an Olympic

record in women’s 1,500-meter short track speedskating.

Zhou breezed to the finish line Saturday night in 2 minutes,

16.993 seconds, well ahead of Lee Eun-byul of South Korea, who

earned the silver in 2:17.849. Park Seung-hi of South Korea took

the bronze, finishing in 2:17.927.

American Katherine Reutter finished fourth.

Zhou’s victory was China’s second gold in women’s short track.

Wang Meng won the 500, but she was disqualified in the semifinals

of the 1,500.

Zhou, the 18-year-old world-record holder, put her hands

together in a thank-you gesture as she crossed the finish line of

the eight-woman final. She is competing in her first Olympics.