Feb 24, 2017
Lee Seung-hoon celebrates after finishing first in the mass start at the Asian Winter Games at Obihiro Forest Speed Skating Rink in Obihiro, Japan, on Feb. 23, 2017. (Yonhap)
Speed skater Lee Seung-hoon
won the men's mass start race for his fourth gold medal at the Asian Winter Games
in Obihiro, Japan, on Thursday.
Lee finished his 16-lap race at the top among 11 skaters at Obihiro Forest Speed Skating Rink, some 200 kilometers east of the main host city, Sapporo.
Shane Williamson of Japan finished second, and Kim Min-seok
, who won the 1,500m gold earlier Thursday, took the bronze.
Lee Seung-hoon (L) and Kim Min-seok (R) pose with their gold and bronze medals from the men's mass start at the Asian Winter Games at Obihiro Forest Speed Skating Rink in Obihiro, Japan, on Feb. 23, 2017. (Yonhap)
Speed skating drew to a conclusion with South Korea bagging six gold medals, five of them on the men's side.
Lee Seung-hoon is the first South Korean to win four gold medals at one Winter Asiad. Lee also won gold medals in the 5,000m, 10,000m and team pursuit.
In mass start, skaters all start simultaneously and circle the oval for 16 laps, with some physical contact allowed. Since it requires strategy and race planning, and tends to favor former short trackers like Lee, who's trained in jostling for positions and making passes in corners. He's the current world No. 1 in the event.
Lee skated with an injured right leg. He cut himself with his own left skate in a fall during the team pursuit race at the International Skating Union World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships in South Korea earlier this month. The injury required eight stitches, but Lee, who was once considered doubtful for the Asian Games, decided to compete in four races here and won gold medals in all of them.