Russian Short Track Speed Skater Elistratov Wins Bronze Medal at 2018 Olympics

© REUTERS / Damir SagoljShort Track Speed Skating Events – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Men’s 1500m Semifinal – Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea – February 10, 2018 - Semen Elistratov, Olympic athlete from Russia, reacts
Short Track Speed Skating Events – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Men’s 1500m Semifinal – Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea – February 10, 2018 - Semen Elistratov, Olympic athlete from Russia, reacts - Sputnik International
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GANGNEUNG (Sputnik) – Russian 2014 Olympic Champion in short track speed skating relay Semen Elistratov won bronze medal in 1,500-meter race at the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea on Saturday.

In the finals, Elistratov covered the distance for two minutes and 10.687 seconds.

Korean skater Kim Hyo-jun took gold and Dutch skater Sjinkie Knegt took silver.

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Elistratov thus brought the first medal for the team of "Olympic Athletes From Russia" at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

​Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) chief Alexander Zhukov told Sputnik that "it was important to win a medal on the first day as it improves the mood of the whole team."

The official opening ceremony of the Olympic Games took place on Friday. The Games will end on the 25th of February with the closing ceremony.

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