FACTBOX-Olympics-Speedskating-Gold medallist Lee Seung-hoon

Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:19pm EST

Feb 23 (Reuters) - Factbox on South Korea's Lee Seung-hoon who won the gold medal in the men's speedskating 10,000 metres at the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Tuesday.

Age: 21

Place of birth: Seoul, Korea

Residence: Seoul, Korea

No previous Olympic results:

Career achievements: Gold, 2008 Short track World Championships, 5000m relay

Silver, 2005 Short track World Championships, 5000m relay

Bronze, 2005 Short track World Championships, 1500m

Third, 2007/08 Short track World Cup, 1500m

BACKGROUND

Lee grabbed Olympic gold in Vancouver after Dutchman Sven Kramer was disqualifed for lane violation midway through the race. Kramer, Olympic 2010 5000m gold medallist, crossed the line with a comfortable winning time.

Lee started long track speedskating in 2009 having failed to make the South Korean short track team.

The 21-year-old chose long distance events to suit his main strength -- stamina.

(Writing by Neil Maidment; Editing by Jon Bramley; To query or comment on this story emailsportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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