N. Korea’s first Win­ter Olympics com­peti­tor flops

Sunday Observer - - SPORT - AFP

GANGEUNG – North Korea’s first com­peti­tor at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic got a big cheer at short-track speed skat­ing yes­ter­day but failed to qual­ify for a shot at the gold medal.

Cheer­lead­ers from North Korea let rip in sup­port for Choe Un Song but he was elim­i­nated in the 1 500m heats and the 25-year-old failed to qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals.

South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jaein and United States Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence turned up at the Gangne­ung Ice Arena to see the evening’s race pro­gramme watched also by around 100 North Korean cheer­lead­ers, all dressed in red.

The cheer squad earned a round of ap­plause from the South Kore­ans in the crowd for singing “North and South Korea are one” when Moon and Pence ar­rived, giv­ing the crowd a wave be­fore tak­ing their seats. Choe is among a group of 22 ath­letes from across the bor­der tak­ing part in Pyeongchang af­ter an eas­ing of ten­sions on the Korean penin­sula.

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