First gold medal for hosts China in short track mixed relay


Hosts China claimed their first gold medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Saturday in the inaugural short-track speed-skating mixed relay. The team of Qu Chunyu, Fan Kexin, Wu Dajing, and Ren Ziwei hung on to edge out Italy by two-hundredths of a second.

Hungary took the bronze medal. Italian veteran Arianna Fontana became the first short-track speed-skater to win nine Olympic medals, her silver giving her a 1-3-5 haul since 2006.

Pre-race favorites in the Netherlands went out in the semi-final when their star Suzanne Schulting lost control and fell.

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