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China grabs gold, S.Korea DQed

(2010-02-27 01:04:17)
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Source: Global Times [02:42 February 26 2010]
China <wbr>grabs <wbr>gold, <wbr>S.Korea <wbr>DQed
Cho Ha-ri (right) of South Korea looks on as Sun Linlin, Zhou Yang, Wang Meng and Zhang Hui of China celebrate winning the gold medal after Team Korea was disqualified Thursday in the women's 3,000-meter short-track speed skating finals of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. Photo: CFP
By Guo Qiang and Fu Wen
A war of words erupted爆发 between China and South Korea Thursday after the latter was stripped of an Olympic gold medal a day earlier after a call by a referee裁判员 that led to the disqualification of Seoul's women's short track 3,000-meter relay team.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the organizing committee of the Vancouver Winter Games 2010 and the governing body of the International Skating Union, made no comment Thursday on a ruling to disqualify South Korea.
Sports Chosun, a Seoul-based online newspaper, said South Korea threatened to pull out of the rest of the tournament联赛 in protest抗议.
Skaters of four-time defending champions South Korea had already began celebrating their fifth win in the event after crossing the finish line first, with their coach, Choi Kwang-bok, briskly shaking his fists in the air and the skaters joyfully hugging each other.
But their cheers turned to tears after a referee review ruled that the blades刃 of one of South Korea's skaters, Kim Min-jung, had impeded阻碍 China's Sun Linlin during an exchange push with six laps remaining.
China and South Korea are long-time rivals in the event. Ranking No. 1 in the world, China has won six of the last eight World Cups. South Korea was second. However, its dominance over the relay, with four consecutive顺序来的 Olympic gold medals was, unparalleled无比的.
South Korea's media, including My Daily and the Yonhap News Agency, had no expectations of a loss, with both media announcing the team's victory in advance.
News portal My Daily carried a story headlined "Korea claims gold medal in women's short track 3,000-meter relay, the fifth in a row一个接一个地 in the event at the Olympics."
Even one of Vancouver's local newspapers, the Vancouver Sun, reported South Korea's gold medal win with a story headlined "Olympic Short Track: Canada wins bronze." The headline was revised to "Olympic Short Track: Canada wins silver" after South Korea's disqualification.
The bronze went to the US upon South Korea's disqualification.
The dramatic reverse gifted China its first relay Olympic gold medal, in a world-record-breaking time of 4:06.610, since 1992, when short-track speed skating became an Olympic event and dampened South Korea's expectation to snatch the gold and continue its supremacy in the event.
The world record had been 4:07.179, set by China in Salt Lake City in October 2008.
"We went into the race prepared for the worst. I'm so thrilled that we won," said 24-year-old Wang Meng.
South Korea erupted in anger over the decision as coach Choi shouted at the referee – an Australian, James Hewish, who had also drawn the ire愤怒 of South Korea by disqualifying Kim Dong-sung in the 1,500 final at the 2002 Games after he had crossed the line first against American star Apolo Anton Ohno.
"He misjudged it when Kim Dong-sung was skating and disqualified him. It was the same referee," Choi said.
"There was no crash between the bodies or bodily contact, so I have no clue why we were disqualified," he added.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV repeatedly replayed the moment of contact. Sun recalled after the final that "She was trying to overtake me and she couldn't get through, so I guess that's how the collision happened." She added, "I think the referee's decision is fair."
But before the race had begun, a smell of gunpowder between South Korea and China was already in the air.
Choi Kwang-bok got upset and yelled before throwing a couple of bottles at a member of the Chinese delegation sitting in the stands who was recording the practice session of the South Korean skaters.
Chinese nationwide were excited about the dramatic win, with some dismissing the South Korean team's reaction as groundless.
"The South Korean team is a sore loser," said a comment carried by ifeng.com Thursday.
"Past dominance has caused South Korea's speed skating to be met with a raft of许多 problems over the past years, including poor talent training and vicious competition inside the country," the post said.
Ren Hai, a professor at Beijing Sports University, told the Global Times that players and coaches alike should respect the decision made by referees at international games.
"They are professional and experienced referees. Everyone should trust their judgment unless there is sufficient evidence to prove they are corrupt and their decision is unjust," he said.
"From the slow motion video, the Korean skater made a move while trying to surpass our skater and pushed our skater aside. I'm glad that the referee issued a penalty to the Korean skater team for its foul犯规行为," said Yang Zhanwu, manager of China's short-track team.
He said the Chinese team has been previously issued such penalties.
Back in 2006 at the Turin Winter Games, South Korea won the women's 3,000-meter short-track speed skating relay with a time of 4:17.040 to clinch its fourth gold medal in the sport as China was disqualified for impeding.
The latest gold medal has pushed China to ninth in the medal tally计分 with four gold medals, two silver and two bronze. While South Korea was sixth with five gold medals, four silver and one bronze.
Song Shengxia contributed to this story

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