“The Emperor is back” Hwang Dae-heon 1500m gold

Showing off his health at the Short Track World Cup,
he won against Lin Xiaojun in the semifinals.

Hwang Dae-heon (pictured), who returned to the national team after a year, won a gold medal in his return to the international stage, showing his health. He also won a head-to-head match against Lin Xiaojun (Korean name Lim Hyo-jun), who was a naturalized Chinese citizen.

Dae-heon Hwang took the top spot with a record of 2 minutes 23.666 seconds in the men’s Final A 1500m final of the first competition of the 2023-2024 season International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track World Cup held in Montreal, Canada on the 22nd. Hwang Dae-heon, who won a gold medal in this event at last year’s Beijing Winter Olympics, gave up the national team selection competition and took a break from the 2022-2023 season to focus on treatment for a back injury. This World Cup is his first international competition since returning to the national team.

The match between Hwang Dae-heon and Lin Xiaojun took place in the semifinals. This is the first time the two players have faced each other in an international competition since Lin Xiaojun’s naturalization in China. Lin Xiaojun, a former Korean national team member, was accused of sexually harassing Hwang Dae-heon during training at the Jincheon Training Center in 2019, and was naturalized as a Chinese citizen a month after being found guilty by the trial court in May 2020. Lin Xiaojun was found not guilty by the Supreme Court. The two players competing in Group 2 of the semifinals had Lin Xiaojun taking the lead early in the race, but Hwang Dae-heon took the lead with a last-minute spurt. Lin Xiaojun appeared tired in the last lap and fell to third place, failing to advance to the finals.

In the Final A 1500m finals, Sting Desmert (Belgium) took second place and Rainis Bergins 먹튀검증(Latvia) took third place. Kim Geon-woo, who appeared with Hwang Dae-heon, ranked 4th.

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