Lee Sang-hwa finishes 12th in 1,000 meters

February 13, 2014
Lee Sang-hwa settled for 12th place in 1,000 meters. (Yonhap)

Lee Sang-hwa settled for 12th place in 1,000 meters. (Yonhap)

South Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa, fresh off her second straight Olympic title in the women’s 500 meters, ended her 1,000m race in 12th place on Thursday at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Skating in the outer lane in the 18th and last pairing with Lotte Van Beek of the Netherlands, Lee clocked at 1:15.94, well out of medals. She lost a little bit of momentum trying to avoid Van Beek when switching lanes.

On Tuesday, Lee defended her gold in 500m with an Olympic record time of 74.70 seconds.

Zhang Hong of China claimed the gold in 1:14.02, 0.67 second ahead of the silver medal winner, Irene Wust of the Netherlands. Another Dutch skater, Margot Boer, took the bronze in 1:14.90.

Three other South Koreans competed in the 1,000m. Kim Hyun-yung ended in 28th place at 1:18.10, and Park Seung-ju ranked 31st at 1:18.94. Lee Bo-ra, who fell during her race, came in 1:57.49, good for 35th.