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China Wins 1st Gold Of Home Olympics In Short Track Relay

Feb 5, 2022, 7:15 AM | Updated: 7:17 am
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 05: Dajing Wu of Team China celebrates after winning the Mixed Team Relay...
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 05: Dajing Wu of Team China celebrates after winning the Mixed Team Relay Final A ahead of Pietro Sighel of Team Italy on day one of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium on February 05, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

BEIJING (AP) — China won its first gold of the Beijing Games in short track speedskating’s mixed team relay in the event’s Olympic debut.

Wu Dajing edged Pietro Sighel of Italy by .016 seconds to claim gold. Hungary earned bronze. Qu Chunyu, Fan Kexin and Ren Ziwei joined Wu for the historic victory.

The small number of Chinese fans at Capital Indoor Arena cheered and waved tiny flags.

The results were delayed while the referee reviewed the race. Canada was penalized for pushing from behind and causing contact. China was the gold-medal favorite coming in.

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