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Short tracker Shim Suk-hee eyeing three titles at 2nd straight World Cup

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SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korean female short tracker Shim Suk-hee remained on course to capture three titles at her second straight World Cup competition on Friday.

The 16-year-old advanced to the quarterfinals in the 1,000-meter event of the International Skating Union (ISU) event at Mokdong Ice Rink in the nation's capital. Later in the day, Shim teamed up with Cho Ha-ri, Park Seung-hi and Kong Sang-jeong in the 3,000m relay and reached the semifinals.

On Thursday, Shim had reached the quarters in the 1,500m event.

The Seoul event is the second of the four-leg World Cup series. At the first leg held in Shanghai last month, Shim won the gold in 1,000m, 1,500m and 3,000m relays.

Dating back to the last season, Shim has won at least one title in seven consecutive World Cup competitions.

In Friday's 1,000m, Shim finished at the top of Heat 8 with the time of 1 minute and 31.574 seconds. She will be joined in the quarterfinals by compatriots Kim A-lang and Park Seung-hi.

The finals for the women's 500m and 1,500m events are scheduled for Saturday, and their 1,000m and 3,000m relay finals will take place on Sunday.

In the relay heat, the South Koreans were the top qualifying team with 4:07.369. Italy, the Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Hungary, China and the United States also made the quarters.

On the men's side, Park Se-young and Lee Han-bin made the quarterfinals in the 1,000m event on Friday. Sin Da-woon, the reigning world overall champion, was disqualified from his heat for impeding Viktor Ahn of Russia, a three-time Olympic gold medalist born in South Korea as Ahn Hyun-soo.

The men's 5,000m relay team had a better fate, as Sin, Lee, Park and Lee Ho-suk moved on to the quarterfinals at the top of Heat 3. China, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Italy, Britain and Russia are other qualifiers.

For men, the finals for 500m and 1,500m events are on Saturday, followed by 1,000m and 5,000m relay finals on Sunday.

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