He kept a tight rein on China’s Ren Ziwei throughout the A Final, sitting on his shoulder in second place until the final lap, then gliding ahead on the outside to leave the pack in his wake.
“I feel very good and proud,” he said. “But since there are still other events, I’m happy but also focused on those to come.”
Stuck in fourth place right up until the final turn, Semen Elistratov (RUS) won his second bronze of the day with a sharp push at the end to edge out another Chinese athlete, Xu Hongzhi, by 0.020 seconds.
Ziwei Ren of China (L), Dae Heon Hwang of Korea (C) and Semen Elistratov of Russia (R) hold up their medals after the men's 500m