Competing in the 1500 metre event, Jung shaved a massive 3.590 seconds off his previous Personal Best of two minutes 27.144 seconds, which he set in Osaka just three weeks ago. Jung finished in a time of two minutes 23.554 seconds.
It still wasn’t quite enough to gain automatic qualification for the semi-finals, however Jung will take plenty of confidence heading into the ranking races on Saturday morning (Russian time). He will be joined by fellow OWIA athlete Pierre Boda who finished 6th in his heat today.
In the Men’s 1000 metres, both Jung and Boda missed direct passage to the Quarter Finals and will have to now settle for the ranking races on Sunday morning (Russian time).
It was a similar story in the 500 metres, with both athletes unable to get through their opening preliminaries. They will be back on the rink Saturday morning (Russian time) in the ranking races.
Fellow OWIA athlete Deanna Lockett was unable to take her place in the field at the World Championships. Lockett suffered an ankle injury earlier this week preparing for her events and had not recovered in time to be able to compete.