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Ahn wins 1,000 as Russia takes gold, silver

  • The Sports Network
  • Published Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 5:37 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 7:07 a.m.

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Russia claimed gold and silver in men's short track speedskating Saturday at the Sochi Games, as Viktor Ahn won the 1,000 meters by finishing just ahead of countryman Vladimir Grigorev.

Ahn picked up his sixth Olympic medal overall and his second of the Sochi Games. He won Saturday's final with a time of 1 minute, 25.325 seconds, finishing just .074 seconds ahead of Grigorev. Ahn won bronze in the 1,500 meters earlier in Sochi.

Ahn won four medals, including gold in the 1,000, for South Korea at the 2006 Turin Games. However he failed to qualify for the 2010 Olympics and after a falling out with his South Korea, the 28-year-old Russian citizen decided to compete for this year's host nation.

Grigorev, who finished eighth at this distance at the 2013 World Championships, picked up his first Olympic medal.

Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands earned bronze with a time of 1:25.611. China's Wu Dajing was fourth and .161 seconds behind Knegt.

It was not a good day for the American men as J.R. Celski, Chris Creveling and Eduardo Alvarez all failed to make it out of the quarterfinals.

Canadian Charles Hamelin, winner of the 1,500 in Sochi, also failed to make it to the semifinals after crashing in his quarterfinal heat.

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