Korea Wins 2 Golds in 500

Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa won the women’s 500 meters speed skating Olympic title Wednesday, ahead of Germany’s Jenny Wolf and China’s Wang Beixing.

Lee notched a combined time of 76.09secs for her two runs, 38.24 and 37.85 respectively, just 0.05 seconds ahead of Wolf. Wang’s time was 76.63 seconds.

“I have to say I was very lucky today,” Lee told reporters after the win. “Wolf and Wang are very good skaters and are better than me. It’s hard for me to believe that I got gold today,” she said.

Four years ago Lee left the ice in tears at the in Turin Games at her Olympic debut after missing bronze medal by 17 hundredths of a second.

This year, however, she has been expected to make a big surprise as she has shown consistency in her results, hitting podium finishes in international competitions and standing third in the world rankings, according to the Yonhap news.

She took gold in the women’s 500m speed skating event at the 2009 Winter Universiade in China and won the 2010 world championship tournament by finishing first in the 500m event.

Korea has now won both the men’s and women’s 500 meter races at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Lee Seung-hoon also collected a silver medal in the men’s 5,000 on Sunday.