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Viktor Ahn, U.S. shut out at World Short Track Speed Skating Championships

Viktor Ahn

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 13: Victor An of Russia in action during the Men’s 500m Heats on day one of the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships at the Krylatskoe Speed Skating Centre on March 13, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Harry Engels - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)

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Viktor Ahn, the most decorated male athlete at the Sochi Olympics with four medals, failed to land on the podium at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Moscow over the weekend.

The South Korean-turned-Russian Ahn ceded his crown as overall World champion to the Netherlands’ Sjinkie Knegt, the man infamous for making an obscene hand gesture toward Ahn (but not necessarily at Ahn) at the 2014 European Championships.

In Moscow, Ahn finished fifth in the 1500m, eighth in the 1000m, 13th in the 500m and fifth with Russia in the 5000m relay. (full results here)

Knegt, the Sochi 1000m bronze medalist, became the first European-born man since 1991 to win the overall World Championship.

The women’s overall title went to South Korean Choi Minjeong, a 16-year-old who also took gold in the 1000m and 3000m in her first senior global championship.

The U.S. won zero medals at Worlds for the second time in three years. The best American individual finishes were by John-Henry Krueger and Jessica Smith, who were 10th and 12th, respectively, in the 1500m.

J.R. Celski taking break from short track speed skating

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