Dajing Wu (CHN) crowned himself emperor of the 500m at PyeongChang 2018. The 23-year-old skater seized gold in the shortest Short Track distance, after already having won 10 men's 500m races at ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships and in the World Cup series since Sochi 2014.
Dajing Wu (CHN), Shaolin Sandor Liu (HUN) and Shaoang Liu (HUN)
Wu did not leave anything to chance, winning the quarterfinal, the semifinal and the final leading out from the start. Skating at a pace the others were barely able to keep up with, he broke the world record twice on his way to Olympic glory. “I didn’t give my competitors a chance,” said Wu. “I kept my speed from the start. More importantly, I think I believed in myself.”
Dajing Wu (CHN) © JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
After having won the 500m, Wu and his Chinese teammates took silver behind Hungary in the 5000m Relay on the same night. The Chinese youngster already looked forward to Beijing 2022: “This is a new beginning for a new generation”, Wu said. “We’ve worked very hard and we look forward to Beijing 2022. This is a good start and in four years the results will be even greater.”