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China’s Zhou Yang wins 2nd straight gold in women’s 1,500 short track

Marie-Eve Drolet of Canada (L) and Veronique Pierron of France skate during the Ladies' 1500m Short Track Speed Skating heats on day 8 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Iceberg Skating Palace on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images).

SOCHI, Russia – Zhou Yang of China won the women’s 1,500-meter short track gold medal, successfully defending the Olympic title she won four years ago.

Zhou overcame a false start to win Saturday at the Iceberg Skating Palace. Shim Suk-hee of South Korea earned the silver. Arianna Fontana of Italy took the bronze, earning her second short track medal of these games. Fontana won silver in the 500.

There was a three-skater crash in the final involving 500 gold medallist Li Jianrou of China, Kim Alang of South Korea and Emily Scott of Springfield, Mo. All three wiped out in the turn with seven laps to go.

Scott finished fifth while Kim was disqualified and Li didn’t finish.

The two Canadians remaining, Valerie Maltais and Marie-Eve Drolet, were eliminated from the semifinals.

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