China claims two relay golds on final day of ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Beijing******
BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- China claimed two gold medals in the 2,000m mixed relay and the 3,000m women's relay on the final day of the 2021-22 season ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating series in Beijing here on Sunday.
Team China, consisting of Fan Kexin, Zhang Yuting, Ren Ziwei and Wu Dajing, started from the furthest position on the track in the final, but Fan jumped to the top as soon as they ran into the very first corner.
The race was then perfectly paced for China as the skaters established a clear lead and gave the opponents no chances to close the gap to claim gold. South Korea overtook the Netherlands again to take silver, while the latter bagged bronze.
In the women's 3,000m relay, China, including Fan Kexin, Guo Yihan, Qu Chunyu and Zhang Yuting had a close duel with the Netherlands as China took the lead over the Dutch in the second-last lap and held to claim gold before both skaters stumbled through the line in an unusual finish.
The Netherlands and South Korea grabbed silver and bronze respectively.
"Everyone did their best during the race," said Guo. "We worked together to become the champion. I'm very excited."
In the men's 5,000 relay, China's Wu Dajing was blocked by Kim Dong-wook of South Korea and South Korea was penalized with a yellow card and a cancellation of their race result.
As the only two teams remaining hunting for the gold, the Netherlands led all the way to the finishing line ahead of world record holder Hungary. Italy took the bronze, while China failed to clock a valid time.
The women's 1,000m final was a relatively tame one compared to that of yesterday, as reigning Olympic champion Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands held a solid lead from the beginning to pocket the gold. Kim Ji-yoo of South Korea and Kristen Santos of the United States finished second and third, respectively.
The men's 1,000m final saw world record holder Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea defended his dominance to collect the gold with a huge advantage. The newly crowned 1,500m World Cup winner Semen Elistratov of Russia finished second. Pascal Dion of Canada beat Kazuki Yoshinaga of Japan by a narrow 0.001 second to secure the bronze.
The ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating series will travel to Nagoya, Japan from October 28 to 31, before going to Europe for the last two events in Debrecen, Hungary and Dordrecht, the Netherlands on November 18 to 21, and 25 to 28, respectively. Enditem
Head coach Solskjaer leaves Manchester United******
LONDON, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Manchester United have announced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his position as head coach in the wake of Saturday's 4-1 thrashing away to Watford.。
The defeat leaves United 12 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and follows other poor results, including home defeats to hated rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.。
The club confirmed the news just before midday on Sunday with a statement that reads: "Manchester United announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role as manager."
"Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success."
"Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as manager and our very best wishes for the future. His place in the club's history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a manager who gave us many great moments. He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family."
"Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games, while the club looks to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season, confirmed the club."
A former striker and reserve-team coach at United, Solskjaer returned to Old Trafford as temporary head coach in December 2018 after Jose Mourinho's departure, and was given a permanent deal after winning 14 of his first 19 games in charge.。
The next two seasons saw steady progress under the Norwegian, whose contract was further extended in July this year after leading United to the UEFA Europa League final and finishing second in last season's Premier League.。
However, despite the arrival of players such as Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, and the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, United's form this season has been poor and it was rumored that Solskjaer had lost the support of key players in the dressing room. Enditem。