Sports

Ahn leads Russia to Olympic gold in 5,000 relay

Wu Dajing of China, right, and Freek van der Wart of the Netherlands crash out in the men's 5000m short track speedskating relay final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
Wu Dajing of China, right, and Freek van der Wart of the Netherlands crash out in the men's 5000m short track speedskating relay final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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.

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com and all Shaw Media Illinois content from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.