Lee Ho-suk, front, leads the pack to win the men’s 1,000-meter final at the International Skating Union World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday. The 22-year-old Korean claimed his second gold following a 1,500- meter gold medal Saturday. / AFP-Yonhap
By Kim Jae-won
The South Korean men's team claimed the top spot at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup Short Track Sunday in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The Korean males lifted the winner's trophy, earning a total of 6,674 points, followed by the Canadians, who got 4,376 points.
On the women's side, the Korean team ranked third with 3,785 points. China captured the top spot with 4,896 points and Canada came in second on 4,061 points.
South Korean Lee Ho-suk won his second gold medal in the men's 1,000-meter final. The 22-year-old star crossed the finish line in 1 minute, 29.324 seconds to edge out American Jordan Malone, who clocked 1:29.416. Lee's compatriot Lee Jung-su grabbed bronze after posting 1:29.587.
Lee also secured a gold medal in the 1,500 meters after finishing in 2:12.439 Saturday.
On the women side, Kim Min-jung clinched a gold in 1:29.769 in the ladies' second 1,000-meter final. Kim ranked fourth in 2:24.719 in the 1,500 meters the previous day.
On Saturday, Korean short trackers won three gold and two silver medals. Jung Eun-ju, Lee Ho-suk and Kwak Yoon-gy took the top gong, while Sung Si-bak and Lee Jung-su earned silver medals.
The Korean team dominated the competition, taking five gold medals in 10 events. However, the national team showed weak points in the 500-meter and relay games. Both the Korean men's and women's teams had no medals in the fields.
All of the Korean women were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 500 meters, while Sung Si-bak finished fourth in the men's 500-meter final after falling down during the race.
The Korean men's team crossed the finishing line in third, recording 6:48.964 in the 5.000-meter relay final, but was then disqualified.
The Canadian men's and women's relay teams both skated to gold, recording 6:46.412 in the 5,000 meters and 4:13.510 in the 3,000 meters, respectively, to conclude the day.
The Koreans, who won eight medals in total, now head to Dresden, Germany, where they will skate on the last stop of the ISU World Cup 2008/2009 season from Feb. 13 to 15.