Shanghai / China

Brothers Shaolin Sandor Liu (HUN) and Shaoang LiuLiu could not hunt down China’s Wu Dajing, who became the toast of the town with a second individual gold at the Audi ISU World Cup Short Track.

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Competing in front of an adoring home crowd, Wu added a rare men’s 1000m to his sprint gold.

“I’m still really happy because I haven’t won the 1000m in a long time. I think it’s been three years, so it holds great meaning for me,” he said.

The two-time Olympic medallist also labelled his country’s performances ahead of PyeongChang 2018 as “a major source of encouragement”.

Behind him, the Lius achieved a piece of sibling glory, but instead of feting his brother’s first medal this world cup season, Shaolin Sandor preferred to embrace the similarity of all three medallists.

“It was really good for my brother, and to stand on the podium with Wu, [after all] we’re 50 per cent Chinese, so I’m really happy I could get a medal in China and make my family and the crowd proud,” he said.

The older Liu even dismissed the idea that they had a secret brotherly strategy.

“We were just enjoying ourselves, that’s our main goal. We didn’t really have a strategy to beat someone, especially not the Chinese because we are still like family.”

He can be forgiven for being so positive. He revealed that his goal was only to reach the A final.

The B final was won by John-Henry Krueger of the USA after Korean teenage sensation Hwang Dae Heon crashed hard, earning Charles Hamelin (CAN) a penalty.

World cup leader Sjinkie Knegt was penalised in an earlier round and did not advance.

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