Lim Hyo-joon, the first gold after naturalization in China “There were a lot of hardships in the meantime… I am happy with the medal”

 Lin Xiaojun (27, Korean name Lim Hyo-jun) 토토사이트expressed his emotions after winning the first gold medal in the individual event at an international competition after naturalizing in China.

Xiaojun Lin crossed the finish line first with a time of 41 seconds 329 in the men’s 500m final of the 5th event of the 2022-23 season International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track World Cup held in Dresden, Germany on the 6th (Korean time). Lim Hyo-jun, who won the first championship in the individual event at an international competition after naturalizing in China in 2020, also won the men’s 5000m relay and won two gold medals.

In a later interview with the ISU, Xiaojun Lin said, “I am very happy to win a medal again after many years. “There are many young and good players in China. I will do my best until the end of this season. I am very happy,” he added.

Xiaojun Lin participated as a Korean representative at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and won the gold medal in the men’s short track speed skating 1500m, emerging as a signboard for short track speed skating in Korea. However, the following year, in 2019, he was handed over to trial on charges of forcible harassment by pulling down the pants of a junior player of the same sex, and was suspended for one year. Although he was acquitted at the trial for his alleged indecent assault, the disciplinary action he received from the Korea Ice Skating Federation did not go away, and as his team and place to exercise disappeared, he was naturalized as a Chinese citizen in 2020.

Aiming to participate in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, he participated in international competitions for a while because of the Olympic Charter of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which states that ‘in order for an athlete to change nationality and participate in the Olympics, three years must pass after the international competition in which he participated in the previous nationality’. I couldn’t do it, and it wasn’t until this season that I returned to the international stage as a representative of China. However, due to bad factors such as injury, he had no medal in the individual event until the 4th World Cup, and then succeeded in winning the gold medal in the 5th World Cup.

Xiaojun Lin is also aiming for a medal at the 6th World Cup, which opens in the Netherlands on the 10th. Next month he will also compete at the ISU World Championships in Seoul.

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