Gangneung, South Korea, Feb. 4 (Yonhap) -- Two-time Olympic speed skating gold medalist Lee Sang-hwa set a new track record in the 500 meters at an international competition in Germany on Sunday, casting a brighter outlook on her chances at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games.
The South Korean won the 500m gold medal at the Frillensee Cup at Eisstadion Inzell in Germany with a time of 37.18 seconds, beating Canada's Marsha Hudey and Heather McLean, who posted 37.75 seconds and 38.23 seconds, respectively.
"It was a great record considering the ice conditions at the venue," said a Korea Skating Union official, adding Lee participated in the event only as a part of her training.
Lee's latest race was also significant as she was clocked at 10.35 seconds over the first 100m -- one of her best starts of the season.
Lee has been training in Germany since Jan. 22 to prepare for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. She will return home Monday and join her teammates in Gangneung the following day.
Two-time Olympic speed skating gold medalist Lee Sang-hwa practices for the 99th National Winter Sports Festival in an ice rink in Seoul in this file photo taken Jan. 12, 2018. (Yonhap)