Choi Min-Jeong defended her 1500m short track Olympic title Wednesday, taking home gold in the event in Beijing.
The South Korean speed skater’s golden performance came after setting a new Olympic record of 2:16.831 in her semifinal race, securing her the world and Olympic records in the women’s 1500m.
GOLD for Choi Min-Jeong! 🥇With a first-place finish in women's 1500m short track, she has now won back-to-back gold medals in the event! #WinterOlympics pic.twitter.com/qCyO0I8Huw— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 16, 2022
GOLD for Choi Min-Jeong! 🥇With a first-place finish in women's 1500m short track, she has now won back-to-back gold medals in the event! #WinterOlympics pic.twitter.com/qCyO0I8Huw
Choi skated into first place halfway through Wednesday’s final, beating out Italy’s Arianna Fontana and Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands.
The 23-year-old’s gold medal joins her 1000m and 3000m short track silver medals from the Beijing games.
Schulting’s bronze-medal performance earned her her fourth medal of the 2022 Winter Games, the most in a single Olympics by a female short track speed skater.