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China's Li wins crash-filled 500 Olympic final

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  • Fan Kexin of China, center, loses her balance as Liu Qiuhong of China, right, and Li Jianrou of China compete Thursday in a women's 500m short track speedskating semifinal at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

      Fan Kexin of China, center, loses her balance as Liu Qiuhong of China, right, and Li Jianrou of China compete Thursday in a women's 500m short track speedskating semifinal at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
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SOCHI, Russia -- Li Jianrou of China won the gold medal in 500-meter short track speedskating after she was the only woman who didn't fall in the final.

Li survived the crash-filled final Thursday to keep the Olympic title in China's hands. Injured countrywoman Wang Meng couldn't defend the title she has won at every Winter Games since 2002.

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Arianna Fontana of Italy took the silver and Park Seung-hi of South Korea earned the bronze.

Elise Christie of Britain caused the first crash of the wild final and was disqualified.

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