Earlier today Liam O’Brien (24) brought the curtain down on his season of racing at the KB ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Seoul, South Korea.
O’Brien began his campaign with the qualification rounds on Day One of the championships. He opened with a new personal best time of 2:15.543 in the 1500 metres quarterfinals coming fourth in Heat 5. He next lined up in Heat 3 of the 500 metres preliminaries where he finished fifth in a time of 42.872. He wrapped things up with the 1000 metres preliminaries coming fifth place clocking 1:27.569 in Heat 3.
Day Two saw O’Brien race in two repechage distances. In the 1500 metres repechage quarterfinals, he was contending for a qualifying spot throughout a very tactical Heat 3 and was unfortunate not to advance as he placed third in a slow time of 2:33.614. He was also third in Heat 6 of the 500 metres repechage quarterfinals with a time of 43.516.
There was just one distance for O’Brien to contest on the final day of the championships. He crossed the line in a time of 1:31.859 for third again in Heat 5 of the 1000 metres repechage quarterfinals.
“The season has come to an end now for me,” O’Brien said. “Just like all the other competitions this season it was another learning curve and I will take it all into the off-season.”