Stockholm, Feb. 12(ChinaEuropeDialogue,CED)– Germany leads medal tally at the on-going Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands celebrates after winning the women's 1,000m short track speed skating final at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, Feb. 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)World records of speed skating men's 10,000m and short track women's 1,000m were shattered on Friday, which saw Germany stand on top of the tally with seven golds as Beijing 2022 approaches its halfway mark. BEIJING, Feb. 11 (ChinaEuropeDialogue,CED) -- Two world records were refreshed in speed skating and short track speed skating at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Friday, while Germany leads the medal standings with the Games' halfway mark approaching. In the men's 10,000m speed skating, Nils van der Poel of Sweden bagged his second gold medal at the Games with a new world record.After having claimed a gold over the 5,000m distance, the 25-year-old Swede clocked 12 minutes and 30.74 seconds to win the race, shattering his own previous record of 12:32.95 set in February 2021. The National Speed Skating Oval, dubbed the Ice Ribbon, has thus witnessed six new Olympic marks and one world record lowered ever since the speed skating competitions got underway on February 5. Dutch skater Patrick Roest seized the silver in 12:44.59, while Davide Ghiotto of Italy finished third in 12:45.98.Nils van der Poel of Sweden (C), Patrick Roest of the Netherlands (L) and Davide Ghiotto of Italy salute at the flower ceremony of the speed skating men's 10000m of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, Feb. 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Fei) Later in the women's 1,000m short track speed skating quarterfinals, reigning champion Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands renewed the world record to one minute and 26.514 seconds. The previous world record was 1:26.661 set by South Korea's Shim Suk-hee in a World Cup race in Calgary in 2012.Schulting continued her favorable form afterward, defending her title with one minute and 28.391 seconds. "I became really confident out there after skating a world record. I was really excited," she said. South Korean star skater Choi Min-jeong earned the silver in 1:28.443. Hanne Desmet of Belgium bagged the bronze in 1:28.928.Five-time Olympian Arianna Fontana of Italy was penalized for causing contact in the final. Suzanne Schulting (R) of the Netherlands competes in the women's 1,000m final of short track speed skating at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, Feb. 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Yibo) Germany made it a one-two finish in the men's skeleton, as Christopher Grotheer clocked a winning combined time of four minutes and 1.01 seconds from four runs and Axel Jungk finished 0.66 seconds behind.China's Yan Wengang made history by winning a bronze in 4:01.77, the country's first medal in the discipline at the Winter Olympics. Germany now sits atop the medal standings with seven gold and four silver medals. Marte Olsbu Roiseland from Norway shot clean to win the women's 7.5km sprint biathlon gold medal in 20 minutes and 44.3 seconds. Roiseland, 31, also won the mixed relay 4x6km with her teammates on February 5. "I'm really satisfied with my race today. I think I did the best I could. My shooting was clean and my ski time was really good. My shape was so good, so I'm so happy about my race," she said. Following her silver medal at PyeongChang 2018, Roiseland joined Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia and Uschi Disl of Germany as the only athletes with medals in the event at successive Olympic Winter Games. Olympic debutant Elvira Oberg of Sweden took the silver without a single miss, 30.9 seconds back. Italy's Dorothea Wierer finished third with no miss, 37.2 seconds behind the winner.Marte Olsbu Roeiseland of Norway competes in biathlon women's 7.5km sprint in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Guo Cheng) Ayumu Hirano of Japan claimed the men's snowboard halfpipe title with a high score of 96.00 points. The two-time Olympic Winter Games silver medalist finally turned the color of his medal to gold. "To become the Olympic champion has always been my dream. Today, my dream finally came true," he said. At Sochi 2014, Hirano became the Games' youngest ever snowboarding medalist at 15 years and 74 days, winning Japan's first medal in the sport. At PyeongChang 2018, he narrowly missed out on gold behind American legend Shaun White, who finished fourth in his Olympic finale on Friday. Australia's Scotty James pocketed the silver medal and Jan Scherrer of Switzerland took the bronze.Hirano Ayumu of Japan competes in the men's snowboard halfpipe final at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu) Hirano, 23, performed a triple cork 1440 and two double cork 1440s to gain 91.75 points in his second run, but lagged behind James by 0.75 points. The Japanese snowboarder again nailed a perfect 1440 triple cork, and followed that with a back-to-back 1260 before wrapping up his impeccable final run with a frontside 1440. Swiss Alpine skier Lara Gut-Behrami won the women's Super-G gold with one minute and 13.51 seconds to add another medal to the bronze she won at Monday's giant slalom. Austria's Mirjam Puchner finished 0.22 seconds behind. Another Swiss racer, 2018 Olympic Alpine combined gold medalist Michelle Gisin, settled for bronze in 1:13.81. Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States finished ninth after skiing out in her first two events.Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland competes in Alpine skiing women's Super-G of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Yanqing District, Beijing, Feb. 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Lian Zhen) Finland's Iivo Niskanen won the gold in the men's 15km classic cross-country skiing with 37 minutes and 54.8 seconds. Russian Olympic Committee athlete Alexander Bolshunov secured the silver, 23.2 seconds behind, and Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway held on for the bronze, 37.5 seconds behind the Finn. Six gold medals in biathlon, cross-country skiing, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboard and speed skating will be contested on Saturday as the Games approaches the halfway mark. ■