Rivals to fight back in Netherlands after South Korea's dominant display in Budapest

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-04 20:05:09|Editor: Liu
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BEIJING, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Audi ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating series continues in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, from October 5 to October 8.

It is the second of four international events that will help determine the qualifiers for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

At the first World Cup fixture of the season last weekend in Budapest, South Korea staged a dominant display by winning six of the eight events.

Choi Min Jeong eased the pressure of being the big home hope for medals at PyeongChang 2018 after scooping a remarkable full-set of first places, winning the 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 3000m women's relay.

The likes of Canada's Kim Boutin, who came second in the 1000m and 1500m, Italian Arianna Fontana (2nd in the 500m) and Britain's Elise Christie (3rd in the 1000m), who was carrying an injury, could only watch Choi with admiration as she beat them again and again. Dordrecht will be a chance for them to prove that the whole season won't be a one-woman race.

Canada's Marianne St-Gelais, meanwhile, will also be optimistic of improving on her Budapest showing (4th in the 500m and 2nd in the 3000 relay). Elise Christie, the 1000m, 1500m and overall world champion, will also have been disappointed with the opening weekend, although a thigh injury clearly hampered her performances.

Other names to look out for include Australian Deanna Lockett (3rd in the 1500m), Fan Kexin of China and Suzanne Schulting who will be looking to please in front of a Dutch home crowd.

In the men's events, Lim Hyo Jun led the way. He won the 1000m and 1500m, with his South Korean teammate Hwang Dae Heon finishing 2nd in both races. "We have a strong team this season and I did a good job because my teammates helped me out," he said. "I'd like to say thank you to the other members."