SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Viktor Ahn led Russia to Olympic gold in the 5,000-meter relay Friday, giving the short track star a record-tying eighth career medal.
He joined Semen Elistratov, Vladimir Grigorev and Ruslan Zakharov in winning Russia's fifth short track medal in Sochi. With eight laps to go, Ahn took over the lead for good from American J.R. Celski. Born in South Korea, Ahn became a Russian citizen in 2011.
The U.S. team of Eddy Alvarez, Celski, Chris Creveling and Jordan Malone took silver, ending a medal drought for American speedskaters in Sochi. The long track team failed to get on the podium in 12 events, and the U.S. had been shut out in the first seven events at short track.
China took bronze despite crashing on the first lap.