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China wins gold in women's 3,000-meter relay short-track speedskating; U.S. wins bronze

February 24, 2010 |  7:16 pm

China won the gold medal in the women's 3,000-meter relay short-track speedskating final at the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Wednesday after four-time defending champion South Korea was disqualified.

The South Koreans crossed the finish line first, but after a long discussion among the referees, they were disqualified for interference.

The U.S. team of Allison Baver (Sinking Spring, Pa.), Alyson Dudek (Hales Corners, Wis.), Lana Gehring (Glenview, Ill.) and Katherine Reutter (Champaign, Ill.) won the bronze medal. Canada won silver.

It is the first medal for the U.S. women in the relay since 1994.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada