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Russian star seals speed skating silver in Beijing

Russian star seals speed skating silver in Beijing

Konstantin Ivliev finished in second place in the men's 500m event in Beijing, behind Hungary's Shaoang Liu

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) clinched a silver medal at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on Sunday when Konstantin Ivliev finished second in the men's 500m short track speed skating event.

Ivliev was runner up behind Hungary's Shaoang Liu with a time of 40.431, compared to the winner's 40.338.

Rounding off the medalists, Steven Dubois of Canada snatched bronze with 40.669 but was given stiff competition by Kazhakstan's Abzal Azhgaliyev, who put in a 40.869 performance.

Ivliev got to the final by winning his semifinal ahead of Italy's Pietro Sighel and his ROC compatriot Pavel Sitnikov, who finished third in the semi-final and second in the Final B to China's Wu Dajing.

As the son of former two-time 3000m Relay European champion Elizaveta Ivljeva, 21-year-old Moscow native Ivliev came to the Chinese capital as a continental champion himself after achieving gold in the men's 500m at the European Championships in Gdansk last year.

Konstantin Ivliev took silver for the ROC team. ©Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

Saying before Beijing 2022 that he loves short track "for the speed and the unpredictability," Ivliev also stated that his ambition was to win a medal, "keep getting better" and "make my family even prouder of me".

Ivliev has now achieved this, and can claim further spoils for the ROC when competing in the men's 5,000m relay final on Wednesday.

Thanks to Ivliev's individual accomplishment, the Russian team now boasts 16 overall medals in Beijing, made up of four golds, five silvers and seven bronzes.

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Source: RT


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