Winter Olympics: China win first gold in short track speed skating mixed team relay

China's Wu Dajing (left) and Ren Ziwei celebrate after winning the race on Feb 5, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEJING (REUTERS) - China won their first gold medal of their home Winter Olympics when they claimed the short track speed skating mixed team relay title in a dramatic race on Saturday (Feb 5).

Italy were second and Hungary finished third.

Ren Ziwei, Wu Dajing, Fan Kexin and Qu Chunyu clocked 2min 37.348sec over 2,000m in the final to kick off the host country’s Games in style at the Capital Indoor Stadium.

Wu won China’s only gold medal at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang.

China won five titles at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and three in Sochi in 2014.

China finished their semi-final in third place behind Hungary and the United States, which would have ruled them out of the final, but the race came under review for possible infringements.

All eyes were on the referee as he reviewed the action.

After five minutes, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) ended up being disqualified for obstruction along with the US, who were penalised for blocking.

The final was also a nail biter, with the race coming under review again after the hosts had beaten Italy by 0.016 second.

The only announcement that came after the review, however, was a penalty for fourth-placed Canada, and the few hundred spectators raised the volume at an otherwise quiet stadium.

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