|Chinese skater Wang Xue snatched China's fourth gold medal at the women's short-track 500- meter contention of the 26th Winter Universiade on Dec. 19, 2013. (Xinhua photo)|
TRENTO, Italy, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese skater Wang Xue snatched China's fourth gold medal at the women's short-track 500- meter contention of the 26th Winter Universiade on Thursday.
Wang, who was taking part in a major international competition for the first time, finished first in 44.713 seconds, defeating Canada's Caroline Truchon and Anne Sereikaite of Lithuania, who took silver and bronze respectively.
The 20-year-student from Jilin Sport University said she was " extremely nervous" during the competition and she was surprised at her victory.
"The level of the other athletes was very high," she said.
On the men's side, Wang's teammate Shi Jingnan came in third behind Korea's Lee Hyobeen, who won gold in 41.642, and Canada's Patrick Robert Pippy Duffy.
In the semi-final, Lee set the new Universiade record in 41.383.
The Chinese team's coach Feng Kai said he was very satisfied of the results. "It was not easy to obtain one gold and one bronze today," he said.
"I think the bronze was also a good result, especially given that the South Korean and Canadian athletes were very strong," Feng pointed out.
Also on Thursday, South Korean men and women won both in the team pursuit that concluded the short-track speed skating program of the Winter Universiade.
South Korea dominated in the overall short-track speed skating medal table with 15 medals of which four golds, five silvers and six bronzes.
In parallel giant slalom in snowboard, after a high-level competition between World Cup athletes, Austria won a double gold medal.