Han Tianyu

Han Tianyu (born 3 June 1996) is a Chinese short-track speed-skater. He won the silver medal in men's 1500 metres short track speed skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics, behind the Canadian skater Charles Hamelin, who won the gold medal.

Han Tianyu
Personal information
Born (1996-06-03) 3 June 1996 (age 24)
Fushun, Liaoning, China
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Sport
Country China
SportShort track speed skating
Coached byLi Yan (National Team Coach)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)500m: 40.419 (2016)
1000m: 1:24.490 (2014)
1500m: 2:10.395 (2016)
3000m: 4:49.450 (2016)
Han Tianyu
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Early lifeEdit

In 2002, Tianyu started to practice roller skating when he was only six years old. He was very talented in skating and won 8 national champions and 5 provincial champions during 2002 to 2006. In 2006, 10-year-old Tianyu decided to learn and practice short track speed skating. While there was no professional short track team in Liaoning Province at that time, he went to Changchun, Jilin and started his short track training.

CareerEdit

Han Tianyu made his international debut in 2012 World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships, Melbourne, where he finished first in super 1500 meters, as well as a silver medal in 500 meters. Finally, he won a bronze medal in the overall ranking. After that competition, he was selected as a Chinese national team skater.

He started to compete in world cups in the 2012–2013 season. He also competed in 2013 World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships one year later in Warsaw, Poland. During that championships, he won 2 gold and a silver in single distances and ranked 2nd in the overall ranking. During the ISU competitions in 2013–2014 season, he showed a lot of improvements and was selected as a competitor in 2014 winter olympic games in Sochi.

On Feb 10th, 2014, Han went on the ice for men's 1500 meters in Winter Olympic Game. He was in the same heat with superstar Victor An and world junior champion in 2013 Park Se-yeong, in both quarterfinals and semifinals. He made a second and a first in the two races and got the chance to be in the final race. In the final race, he stayed in top three during the whole race and in the last few laps still tried to challenge Charles Hamelin, who won the gold medal in the end. Tianyu finished second and Victor got the bronze medal.

On March 12, 2016, Han Tianyu won men's 1500 meters gold medal in World Short Track Speed Skating Championships held in Seoul, which made him the first male Chinese skater to win gold medal in World Championships in 1500m. On 13th, he finished first in the men's 3000 meters superfinal, and won the gold medal of men's overall classification. Han became the second skater who won World Championships Men's overall gold medal in Chinese history (after Li Jiajun).

International Competition PodiumsEdit

Date Competition Location Rank Event Result
25 Feb 2012 2012 World Junior Championships, Melbourne   Medibank Icehouse   500 m 42.308
25 Feb 2012 2012 World Junior Championships, Melbourne   Medibank Icehouse   1500 m Super Final 2:38.889
25 Feb 2012 2012 World Junior Championships, Melbourne   Medibank Icehouse   3000 m relay 4:02.922
25 Feb 2012 2012 World Junior Championships, Melbourne   Medibank Icehouse   Overall 63 Points
28 Oct 2012 2012–13 ISU World Cup, Montreal   Maurice Richard Arena   5000 m relay 6:45.864
2 Dec 2012 2012–13 ISU World Cup, Nagoya   Nippon Gaishi Hall   5000 m relay 6:47.885
3 Feb 2013 2012–13 ISU World Cup, Sochi   Iceberg Skating Palace   5000 m relay 6:49.925
22 Feb 2013 2013 World Junior Championships, Warsaw   Torwar Hall   1500 m 2:35.255
23 Feb 2013 2013 World Junior Championships, Warsaw   Torwar Hall   500 m 41.458
24 Feb 2013 2013 World Junior Championships, Warsaw   Torwar Hall   1000 m 1:28.592
24 Feb 2013 2013 World Junior Championships, Warsaw   Torwar Hall   Overall 97 Points
10 Feb 2014 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi   Iceberg Skating Palace   1500 m 2:15.055
21 Feb 2014 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi   Iceberg Skating Palace   5000 m relay 6:48.341
14 Mar 2014 2014 World Championships, Montreal   Maurice Richard Arena   1500 m 2:15.138
9 Nov 2014 2014–15 ISU World Cup, Salt Lake City   Utah Olympic Oval   5000 m relay 6:39.715
8 Feb 2015 2014–15 ISU World Cup, Dresden   EnergieVerbund Arena   5000 m relay 6:55.225
14 Feb 2015 2014–15 ISU World Cup, Erzurum   Palandöken Olympic Ice Rink   1500 m 2:13.354
15 Feb 2015 2014–15 ISU World Cup, Erzurum   Palandöken Olympic Ice Rink   5000 m relay 6:50.822
14 Mar 2015 2015 World Championships, Moscow   Krylatskoe   500 m 41.202
15 Mar 2015 2015 World Championships, Moscow   Krylatskoe   5000 m relay 6:55.980

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