Wang easily defends 500 title

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Wang Meng of China has easily won her second consecutive Olympic gold medal in women's 500 meter short track.

Wang, who defended the title she won four years ago at the Turin Games, led all the way Wednesday night after surviving a restart and a false start in the four-woman final at Pacific Coliseum.

Wang cruised home well ahead of Canada's Marianne St-Gelais, who took silver. Arianna Fontana of Italy earned the bronze.