Jong’s second attempt was not much better, as he collided with Watanabe and crashed into the wall. He was penalised, and his Olympic campaign came to an end.
The youngster appeared to be severely underprepared in an event which sees the world’s best skaters face off. Jong’s appeared to some as unsportsmanlike, however, his fellow competitors were quick to defend Jong.
Watanabe, the man who was perhaps impacted most by Jong’s actions described Jong’s landing as a reflex and his coach Jonathan Guilmette said it was an occurrence that “happens at least once at every World Cup event”.
Thomas Hong was unfortunately impacted heavily by Jong’s second crash. The American, however, was also sympathetic, placing some of the blame on himself. Hong said “It did affect me because I was just too close”. He added that “unpredictability and short track go hand-in-hand”.
Classy responses by fellow competitors who could be forgiven for being upset with Jong. The trip attempt has been described as a desperate plea to restart the race. If that was the case, it worked.
Unfortunately for Jong, it barely made a difference.
We are just several months away from the begging of the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. Preparation is in full swing, sports facilities are being prepared or are already ready handed over and the Olympic village is almost brought to brilliance. Most of the work has already been done and everything is almost ready for […]