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17-year-old Wins China’s First Medal in Sochi

China bags its first medal of the Winter Olympic Games

02·11·2014

17-year-old Wins China’s First Medal in Sochi

China bags its first medal of the Winter Olympic Games

02·11·2014

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China is bringing the heat to the  Sochi Winter Olympic’s after 17-year-old athlete Han Tianyu (韩天宇) successfully snatched a silver medal during the men’s 1,500m short track speed skating yesterday.

The teenage rookie earned the silver medal on his first attempt at the Sochi Winter Olympics, trailing in 0.07 seconds behind the Canadian gold medalist Charles Hamelin, finishing the race in 2 minutes 15.055 seconds, with Russia hero Victor An in third place.

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Han (middle) finished the line in the second place between Canadian Hamelin (right) and Russian athlete Victor An (left)

Han Tianyu brought an unexpected victory for China as he is the youngest, and newest addition to China’s team in this year’s Winter Olympic and is relatively new to the sport. The young man, originally comes from Liaoning Province, began his skating career in 2006, as the member of Jilin Province Winter Sports Training Centre, Changchun, China. He sped out on his way and won his first international title aged 16, successfully bringing home a gold medal during the 1,500m at the 2012 World Junior Short Track Speed ​​Skating Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

National team coach Li Yan personally coached Han from 2012 was very satisfied after the game, saying,  “he is very calm, and doesn’t look like an ordinary 18-year-old athlete; in every competition he always maintains his position, which reflects his own capability.

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Satisfaction shone on Han’s face as he raised the five-star flag, waving it proudly to the audience on his tribute lap after the race, circling the arena as the first Chinese athlete to win a medal in this year’s Winter Olympics.

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Han Tianyu (China- left), Charles Hamelin (Canada- centre), Victor An (Russia- right) on the podium after the race

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” I’m very pleased and very proud to be able to wave and glide the Red Flag all over the arena. I feel really honored.” stated Han.

Image courtesy of Sina Weibo