Short Track’s Park Ji-won defies the odds: “I’ll run to the end”

Park Ji-won (27-Seoul City Hall), who won the overall short track World Cup title last season, has been plagued by bad luck this season.

He lost the men’s 1,500-meter race in the final of the second race at the first International Ice Skating Union (ISU) World Cup of the 2023-2024 season in Montreal, Canada, in October when he fell after a foul by teammate Hwang Dae-heon (Gangwon Province).

He lost his gold medal when Hwang hit him from behind as he crossed the finish line.

In the final of the second men’s 1,500-meter race at the World Cup, he settled for silver after losing the lead to Kim Gun-woo (SportsToken) while battling for the lead with Steven DuBois (CAN).

The bad luck continued. Earlier this month, he failed to medal in the men’s 1,500-meter final at the third edition of the World Cup in Beijing, China, where he crossed the line in fifth place after bumping into Canadian sensation William Danu.

“I was worried a lot after my disappointing performance compared to last season,” Park said at the Mokdong Ice Rink in Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, on Saturday, the fourth day of the World Cup.

“But I thought I had to overcome it,” he said.

Park thought back to the World Championships at Mokdong Ice Rink in March.

At the time, Park was cheered on by her home fans, and she performed to the best of her ability.

He won gold in the men’s 1,000-meter and 1,500-meter races and bronze in the men’s 5,000-meter relay, the most outstanding results of any male competitor.

It was Park’s first international competition in the same venue in nine months.

He won the men’s 1,500 meters in the first race of the day with a time of 2:16.323 to beat Dananu.

It was a perfect race, as he took the lead midway through the race and never relinquished it until the finish line.

Park Ji-won performed a fiery ceremony as she crossed the finish line, pumping her fists in the air.

“I think I rode harder because I didn’t want to lose the strength I gained at the World Championships,” he said, “I was very excited.”

Park’s performance gave her 556 points in the overall standings, putting her in second place behind DuBois (573).

She could move into the lead if she wins the second 1,500-meter race on Sunday.

“I think it’s harder to stay on top than it is to move up,” said defending champion Park Ji-won, adding, “I will not let my guard down and try to run to the end in the remaining World Cup events.” 슬롯게이밍

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