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Viktor Ahn wins gold in 500 meters

2/21/2014 - Olympic Sports

SOCHI, Russia -- Viktor Ahn of Russia won Olympic gold in the 500 meters Friday, giving the short track star his seventh career medal in the only event he had never won at the games.

He rallied to take the lead from Wu Dajing of China on the last lap, after Liang Wenhao of China had crashed out. 

Ahn was born in South Korea and became a Russian citizen in 2011. He pumped both arms and yelled as he crossed the line first, triggering a wild celebration from the mostly Russian fans at Iceberg Skating Palace.

Wu won the silver and Charle Cournoyer of Canada took bronze. Ahn earned a record fifth short track gold and became the first skater to win all four individual short track events at the Olympics.

Later, Ahn won his eighth medal and sixth gold as Russia won the 5,000-meter relay.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.