Gilly Kim took the top spot with a time of 1 minute 30.998 seconds in the final of the women’s 1000m second race at the first competition of the 2023-24 International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup held in Montreal, Canada on the 23rd (Korean time).
With this, Gilly Kim won her first gold medal of the season. Gilly Kim won silver medals in the women’s 1500m and mixed relay the day before.
Gilly Kim was in 3rd place until the last curve, but she did not miss the gap where Hanne Desmet (Belgium) and Christine Santos-Griswold (USA) in front of her collided, but she increased her speed and crossed the finish line first.
However, she did not win any additional medals in the women’s relay, which she had been hoping for.
Korea, comprised of Kim Gil-li, Lee So-yeon (Sports Toto), Seo Hwi-min (Korea University), and Shim Seok-hee (Seoul City Hall), fought fiercely until the end. However, Gilly Kim fell at the last minute and finished in 4th place.
Kim Geon-woo (Sports Toto) also won a gold medal. Kim Geon-woo won the final of the second men’s 1000m race with a time of 1 minute 26.712 seconds.
On the other hand, Hwang Dae-heon (Gangwon Provincial Office) and Park Ji-won (Seoul City Hall), who also reached the finals, clashed and failed to win a medal.
Park Ji-won, who won the first 1000m race the day before, took the lead half a lap before the finish line and appeared to be on the verge of winning a second gold medal.
However, Hwang Dae-heon, who was in 4th place, pushed Park Ji-won behind in the process of increasing his final speed and moving up the rankings. Park Ji-won, whose balance was shaken, finished in fourth place, and Hwang Dae-heon was disqualified.
In the men’s 5000m relay, which included Dae-heon Hwang, Ji-won Park, Geon-woo Kim, and Seong-woo Jang (Korea University), they took the silver medal behind Canada.
Korea, which won four gold medals in the first World Cup competition, will participate in the second World Cup competition held at the same venue starting on the 27th.