Speed skater enjoys 'satisfactory' race

South Korean short track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun waves to the crowd at PyeongChang Medals in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, during his victory ceremony on Feb. 11, 2018. Lim won the gold medal in the men's 1,500 meters the previous day.

Speed skater Lee Seung-hoon began his third Winter Olympics campaign on Sunday with what he described as a "satisfactory" performance in the men's 5,000 meters.

The 29-year-old finished fifth in the 5,000m at Gangneung Oval, located in the sub-host city of Gangneung, with a time of 6:14.15.

While he fell short of his season best of 6:12.41, Lee said afterward he was still satisfied with his time and added, "This will give me confidence over the remaining events."

The 2010 Olympic champion in the 10,000m has three races remaining: 10,000m, team pursuit and mass start.

This was as close as South Korea came to the podium on Sunday, with no medals won on snow or ice.

But the country's first gold medalist finally received his coveted prize on Sunday. The victory ceremony was held at PyeongChang Medals Plaza for Lim Hyo-jun, who won the men's 1,500m short track speed skating title on Saturday.

"It was like a dream come true. It's still incredible that I won gold," the 21-year old said with the gold medal around his neck. "But there are still many competitions out there. I'll do my best to keep this tempo going."

Elsewhere on Sunday, freestyle moguls skier Seo Jung-hwa finished 14th in Sunday's final, both her personal best and the top performance by any South Korean female moguls skier.

At Phoenix Snow Park in PyeongChang, Seo scored 72.31 points in the first final round to finish 14th. Seo needed to be inside the top 12 to reach the second final round.

Seo ended in 21st place at her Winter Games debut in Vancouver in 2010, and finished 24th in Sochi four years later.

Also on Sunday, naturalized biathlete Timofei Lapshin finished 16th in the men's 10km sprint at Alpensia Biathlon Centre in PyeongChang. It was the best performance by a South Korean biathlete in the Olympics. He clocked a time of 24 minutes, 22.6 seconds.

At Gangneung Ice Arena, South Korea was eliminated from contention in figure skating's team event, after it ranked ninth after four short programs.

In the ladies' short program, Choi Da-bin finished sixth among eight skaters with a personal-best 65.73 points. In ice dance, Min Yu-ra and Alexander Gamelin finished ninth in their short dance with 51.97 points, an up-and-down performance during which Min's costume came untied.

Their scores were added to totals posted earlier by Cha Jun-hwan in the men's singles and Kim Kyu-eun and Kam Kang-chan in the pairs.

Only the top five teams of Canada, Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), the United States, Japan and Italy will compete in the medal-deciding sessions.

Blustery conditions at Jeongseon Alpine Centre in Jeongseon, near PyeongChang, forced a rescheduling of the men's downhill event.

It was set to start at 11 a.m. Sunday but was postponed to 11 a.m. Thursday. The men's super-G will be pushed to 11:00 a.m. Friday.

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