China Wins First Medal at Sochi Olympics
China has entered the medal table at the Sochi Winter Olympics, with skater Han Tianyu winning a silver medal in the short-track 1,500 meters on Monday.
The 17 year old from northeast China's Liaoning province finished behind Charles Hamelin of Canada but he pushed his hero and the home crowd favorite Victor An into bronze medal position. Han raced past the finish line in 2 minutes 15.055 seconds, trailing Hamelin by 0.07 seconds.
Another Chinese racer, Chen Dequan, finished fifth. Han's silver opened China's medal count in Sochi, bringing success on the ice after the country's most decorated Winter OIympian, speed skater Wang Mang, withdrew from the Games last month because of injury.
There's more hope for China in the skating center on Tuesday, as four of its athletes compete in the women's 500 meter race.
The men's 1,500 meters race took place in front of one of the loudest crowds of the Olympics so far, as the Russian spectators cheered on An, who claimed the host nation's fifth medal.
Three years ago, the skater wasn't Russian. He wasn't named Victor An, either. He used to represent South Korea and won three gold medals for the country at the 2006 Olympics in Turin under the name Ahn Hyun-soo. He defected to Russia and changed his name after falling out with skating authorities in South Korea.
17岁的韩天宇来自中国辽宁省。加拿大选手哈梅林(Charles Hamelin)赢得金牌，俄罗斯选手维克托•安(Victor An)摘得铜牌。韩天宇以2分15.055秒冲过终点，落后哈梅林0.07秒。