After setting world record, Suzanne Schulting defends 1000-meter short track title

BEIJING -- Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands has defended her title in 1,000-meter short track speedskating.

She set the world and Olympic records of 1 minute, 26.514 seconds in the quarterfinals, breaking a 10-year-old mark. She wasn't as fast in the final Friday, finishing in 1:28.391.

Schulting let out a scream and raised her right fist after crossing the finish line at Capital Indoor Stadium. She is the second woman to defend an Olympic title in the 1,000 after Chun Lee-kyung of South Korea did it at the 1998 Nagano Games.

"I really wanted it," said Schulting, who leaped onto the award podium. "I am so happy I got it."

Choi Min-jeong of South Korea took silver, crying on the side of the rink after the race. She finished fourth in 2018, the only time her country had missed the podium since the event's debut in 1994.

Hanne Desmet of Belgium earned bronze, her country's first short track medal at the Olympics.

"It means a lot for Belgium. We don't get a lot of medals, especially for winter sport," said Desmet, who was fifth in the 500.

Arianna Fontana of Italy was penalized for a lane change that caused contact with American Kristen Santos. Both skaters went down and slid on their sides into the padding.

The most decorated skater in Olympic short track, Fontana was chasing an 11th career medal, having already won two medals in Beijing.

Schulting won her semifinal and Santos won the other semifinal with a faster time than the Dutch skater. Santos was in the mix early in the final before Fontana wiped out both of them.

Schulting's victory four years ago at the Pyeongchong Games was the first short track gold medal for the Netherlands, a country best known for its dominant long track speedskaters. She was the first non-Asian winner of the event in 2018.

Schulting was the silver medalist behind Fontana in the 500 in Beijing.

In the B final, American Corinne Stoddard finished third and Maame Biney was fifth. Xandra Velzeboer of the Netherlands won.

In the men's 500, Wu Dajing of China opened the defense of his Olympic title by advancing to the quarterfinals on Sunday. Teammate Ren Ziwei, the 1,000 champion in Beijing, also moved on.

They will be joined in the second of four rounds by brothers Liu Shaolin Sandor and Liu Shaoang of Hungary, 1,500 champion Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea, 1,500 silver medalist Steven Dubois of Canada, and John-Henry Krueger of Hungary. American Ryan Pivirotto also advanced.

China, Canada, Italy, South Korea and the ROC advanced to the A final of the men's 5,000 relay Wednesday.

China's Li Wenlong and Italy's Yuri Confortola crashed separately during the semifinals of the 45-lap race. After the referee reviewed the video, the host country and the Italians were advanced to the A final.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.