Choi Min-Jeong sets Olympic record, wins gold in 1500m short track

Minjeong Choi of Korea celebrates after winning the gold medal during the Short Track Speed Skating Ladies' 1500m Final A on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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.

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.