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Skating Sunday, 17 February, 2002, 04:01 GMT
China win title at last
Yang Yang (A) ends China's wait for a first ever Winter Olympics gold
Yang Yang (A) ends China's wait for a first ever gold
Five-time world overall women's short-track speed skating champion Yang Yang (A) won China's first ever Winter Olympic gold medal with a runaway victory in the 500 metre final.

Yang Yang, putting behind her a dismal fourth place finish in the 1,500m three days ago, led from start to finish to cross the line in 44.187 seconds.

World-record holder and four-time European champion Evgenia Radanova followed home 0.065 seconds behind.

Another Chinese, Wang Chunju, the world champion in the shortest distance came in third, two-hundredths of a second further behind.

Return to form

Yang was happy make up for her disappointing fourth in the 1,500m earlier in the Games.

"It was a nightmare after the 1,500m loss," Yang said.

"I felt too much pressure. I cried several times. I could not sleep."

But she said that a meeting with members of the Chinese Olympic delegation helped calm her down.

"I felt liberated later, and that's how I adjusted myself to compete in this 500m.

Yang's name is tagged with the letter A to distinguish her from her younger team-mate and namesake Yang Yang (S).

The 25-year-old is also the overall World Cup winner this season with the top points in the 1,000m and 1,500m.

Yang Yang (S) did not compete in the 500 metres.

See also:

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