Toward the ‘Crystal Globe’…Short Track’s Gilly Kim Continues Her Gold Run

Kim Gil-ri (Seongnam City Hall), who aimed to become a “multi-time champion,” won two gold medals in front of her Korean fans.

Kim won the women’s 1500-meter race in a time of 2 minutes, 23.76 seconds in the second race final of the fourth edition of the 2023-2024 International Ice Skating Union (ISU) World Cup on Sunday at the Mokdong Ice Rink in Yangcheon-gu, Seoul. Kim, who also took first place in the first race the previous day, swept the women’s 1500-meter gold medals at the event, proving she is the world’s top-ranked athlete.

On this day, Kim Gili was looking for a gap from the back of the pack in the early stages of the final race. With 12 laps to go, Dutch harner Desmut made a spurt and took a big lead. His teammate Shim Seok-hee (Seoul Metropolitan Government) closed the gap and took the lead with six laps to go. Meanwhile, Kim Gili slowly worked his way up the rankings, taking advantage of the out-course to move into first place with three laps to go. She held her position until the end to take the top spot on the podium.

In the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase final, Kim, along with Lee So-yeon, Seo Hwi-min and Shim Seok-hee, took silver in a time of 4:10.607.

With her two golds and one silver in four events, Kim has now accumulated 865 points in the overall rankings, extending her lead over second-place Christine Santos Griswold (USA – 805 points).

The ISU awards a special trophy, the Crystal Globe, to the top men’s and women’s overall performers from World Cup events one through six. At the media day ahead of the competition, Kim said, “As this is my home competition, I will make up for my mistakes and try to win multiple titles,” adding, “I want to do my best and win the crystal globe by the sixth competition.” This time around, she’s well on her way to achieving her goal.

In the second race final of the men’s 1500 meters, Ji-won Park (Seoul Metropolitan Government) won the silver medal with a time of 2:18.698. Park, an invitational Crystal Globe winner last season, accumulated 681 points in the overall standings to trail leader Steven DuBois (Canada-683) by two points.

In the men’s 500-meter final, Seo Ira (Hwaseong City Hall) won the silver medal with a time of 41.205 seconds. In the men’s 5000-meter relay final, Park Ji-won, Hwang Dae-heon (Gangwon Provincial Office), Kim Gun-woo (SportsToken) and Jang Jang-woo (SportsToken) failed to win a medal.

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