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Olympic Short Track Speed Skating

Ahn and Hamelin advance in 1,500 short track

Niels Kerstholt of the Netherlands, right, gestures after crossing the finish line in a men's 1500m short track speedskating heat at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Viktor Ahn easily advanced through the preliminaries of 1,500-meter short track, winning his Olympic heat skating for his new country of Russia.

Ahn was a three-time gold medalist for his native South Korea, but after missing the Winter Olympics four years ago, he changed his name and became a Russian citizen.

Also moving on to Monday's semifinals was medal contender Charles Hamelin of Canada, South Koreans Lee Han-bin and Sin Da-woon, and Americans J.R. Celski and Eddy Alvarez. Chris Creveling of the U.S. lost a photo finish for third in his heat and failed to advance.

China's Shi Jingnan was knocked out of his heat, won by Sin, when he lost his footing in a turn near the end of the 14-lap race, sliding into the padded boards.