China posted the fastest time in the quarter-finals of the men’s 5,000 metres relay on day two of the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup Short Track Speed Skating event in Dutch city Dordrecht.
The quartet of Han Tianyu, Xu Hongzhi, Ren Ziwei and Wu Dajing won heat one in a time of 6 min 44.901sec at the Sportboulevard.
Runners-up The Netherlands and third-placed Russia occupied the same positions overall.
The Dutch foursome of Daan Breeuwsma, Sjinkie Knegt, Itzhak de Laat and Dennis Visser clocked a time of 6:45.406, while Russia’s Semen Elistratov, Vladimir Grigorev, Victor An and Denis Ayrapetyan finished in 6:45.897.
Nine nations will contest the semi-finals with five in heat one and four in heat two.
The women’s 3,000m relay quarter-finals also saw China qualify fastest with Han Yutong, Zang Yize, Fan Kexin and Zhou Yang winning heat three in 4:10.565.
Heat two winners South Korea - Choi Min Jeong, Kim A Lang, Kim Ye Jin and Lee Yu Bin - were the second quickest in 4:10.590, while runners-up Russia - Tatiana Borodulina, Ekaterina Efremenkova, Sofia Prosvirnova and Yulia Shishkina - were third overall in 4:11.255.
Eight nations will contest the semi-finals with four in each of the two heats.
In the men’s 1,000m heats, South Korea’s Seo Yi Ra posted the fastest time.
He won heat two in 1:25.560 with Russia’s Elistratov second in 1:25.649 and Japan’s Kazuki Yoshinaga third in 1:25.711.
Kim Do Kyoum, also of South Korea, was second quickest overall having won heat six in 1:25.567.
Elistratov’s time placed him third overall.
The women’s 1,000m heats saw Canada’s Valerie Maltais produce the strongest performance.
She clocked a winning time of 1:30.510 in heat six with China’s Li Jinyu second in 1:30.605 and Russia’s Efremenkova third in 1:30.728.
Another Canadian, Kim Boutin, was second quickest overall having won heat three in 1:30.553.
Li’s time placed her third overall.
Action in Dordrecht is due to continue tomorrow.