South Korea wins first gold on Day One

Evgeni Vakov and Zuzanna Marciniak bring you all the action on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.

It took South Korea less than 24 hours to win their first gold medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics when Lim Hyojun won the men’s 1 500m short track speed skating event by 86cm.

World record holder Sjinkie Knegt from the Netherlands took silver with Olympic Athlete from Russia Semen Elistratov in finished in third.

The Netherlands continued their speed skating dominance from Sochi four years ago, occupying the podium in the women’s 3 000m.

Carlijn Achtereekte took gold in front of the defending champion Ireen Wust with Antoinette De Jong taking bronze.

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Charlotte Kalla has won the games’ first gold medal for Sweden, coming out on top in the women’s 7.5km+7.5km skiathlon race.

The defending champion from 2010 and 2014 Marit Bjoergen of Norway came in second and Finland’s Krista Parmakoski took home the bronze.

Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier took gold in the women’s 7.5km biathlon sprint event after making one of only two clean shots of the day.

Marte Olsbu from Norway finished 24 seconds behind while Veronika Vitkova from the Czech Republic a further couple seconds behind.

Top favorites for the competition had bad luck with the wind during their shooting rounds, with defending two-time champion Anastasiya Kuzmina, Slovakia, Kaisa Makarainen, Finnland and Darya Domracheva, Belarus missing at least two rounds each.

Dahlmeier’s compatriot Andreas Wellinger won his first ever Olympic medal, winning the ski jumping competition on a normal hill, while Norway’s Johann Andre Forfang and Robert Johansson finished second and third.

Top favorite and defending champion Kamil Stoch, Poland, was second behind compatriot Stefan Hula after the first jumps, but both dropped down in the second round to fourth and fifth respectively.

This is Germany’s first individual Olympic ski jumping title since 1984.

A total of eight nation won medals in the first day of the games, with Germany on top of the table followed by the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea.

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