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China’s Li Jianrou wins women’s short track 500m gold

Sochi Olympics Short Track Speedskating

Li Jianrou of China removes throws her blade cover to a volunteer before competing in a women’s 500m short track speedskating semifinal at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

David Goldman

China’s Li Jianrou won gold in the women’s short track 500m on Thursday. Italy’s Arianna Fontana finished second and Korea’s Park Seung-Hi won bronze.

Jianrou, 27, seems to favor the ice in Sochi, as she won two medals at a World Cup event. She’s been a strong performer at the relay level, with 11 World Cup golds in that area.

WATCH: Li Jianrou blazes to gold

She wasn’t her country’s biggest favorite, however. That would be Fan Kexin, who crashed during the semifinals and was eliminated.

U.S. skater Emily Scott finished in 12th place.

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