South Korea’s Park wins gold in 1,000m short track speedskating

Park Seung-Hi of South Korea cheers as she crosses the finish line to win in the women's 1000-meter short track speedskating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics on Friday, Feb. 21 in Sochi, Russia. 

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SOCHI, Russia — Park Seung-hi of South Korea won Olympic gold in women’s 1,000 meter short track, giving her a third medal at the Sochi Games.

Park took over the lead from American Jessica Smith early in the race Friday night and stayed in front the rest of the way. Park earned her other gold medal in the women’s 3,000 relay, and took bronze in the 500.

Fan Kexin of China earned silver, and Shim Suk-hee of South Korea earned bronze in the crash-free final. Shim also won her third medal, having taken silver in the 1,500 and joining Park on the victorious relay.

Smith, of Melvindale, Mich., finished last in the four-woman final.