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Feb 13, 2014

Speed skating: Switch in tactics lands Zhang shock gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Changing tactics a night before competition is rarely a good idea, but for Zhang Hong it proved a masterstroke as she scorched the competition to land China’s first Winter Olympic speed skating gold.

The 25-year-old won the women’s 1,000-meter title by 0.67 seconds on Thursday in a shock result having only managed one sixth-placed finish over the distance in the current World Cup campaign.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Switch in tactics lands Zhang shock gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Changing tactics a night before competition is rarely a good idea, but for Zhang Hong it proved a masterstroke as she scorched the competition to land China’s first Winter Olympic speed skating gold.

The 25-year-old won the women’s 1,000-metre title by 0.67 seconds on Thursday in a shock result having only managed one sixth-placed finish over the distance in the current World Cup campaign.

Feb 13, 2014

China’s Zhang lands shock, milestone gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Zhang Hong left a host of big names trailing in her distant wake as she landed China’s first Olympic speed skating title with a stunning upset victory in the women’s 1,000 meters on Thursday.

Skating in the seventh of 18 heats, the 25-year-old drew little attention as she started her two-and-half laps but the sparse Adler Arena crowd drew gasps after she clocked a time of one minute, 14.02 seconds – just outside the Olympic record.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-China’s Zhang lands shock, milestone gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Zhang Hong left a host of big names trailing in her distant wake as she landed China’s first Olympic speed skating title with a stunning upset victory in the women’s 1,000 metres on Thursday.

Skating in the seventh of 18 heats, the 25-year-old drew little attention as she started her two-and-half laps but the sparse Adler Arena crowd drew gasps after she clocked a time of one minute, 14.02 seconds – just outside the Olympic record.

Feb 13, 2014

China’s Zhang wins shock 1,000 meter gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – China’s Zhang Hong ripped up the form book with a stunning upset to win the Olympic women’s 1,000 meters speed skating title at a canter on Thursday.

Zhang clocked one minute, 14.02 seconds for her two-and-a-half laps, with women’s 3,000 meter champion Ireen Wust of Netherlands claiming silver some 0.67 seconds back.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-China’s Zhang wins shock 1,000m gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – China’s Zhang Hong ripped up the form book with a stunning upset to win the Olympic women’s 1,000 metres speed skating title at a canter on Thursday.

Zhang clocked one minute, 14.02 seconds for her two-and-a-half laps, with women’s 3,000 metre champion Ireen Wust of Netherlands claiming silver some 0.67 seconds back.

Feb 13, 2014

Speed skating-Dutch can smash medal record – with royal approval

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Boosted by the presence of royalty, Dutch speed skaters can break the record for the most medals won in the sport at a Winter Olympics, gold medalist Sven Kramer predicted on Thursday.

The Dutch have won four out of five events at the Adler Arena for a total of 10 medals, and East Germany’s record of 13 at the 1988 Calgary Games is well within their reach with seven events remaining.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Dutch can smash medal record – with royal approval

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Boosted by the presence of royalty, Dutch speed skaters can break the record for the most medals won in the sport at a Winter Olympics, gold medallist Sven Kramer predicted on Thursday.

The Dutch have won four out of five events at the Adler Arena for a total of 10 medals, and East Germany’s record of 13 at the 1988 Calgary Games is well within their reach with seven events remaining.

Feb 12, 2014

Dutchman Groothuis skates from depression to delight

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Dutch speed skater Stefan Groothuis was left grinning from ear-to-ear on Wednesday after a surprise Olympic gold in the 1,000 meters capped his recovery from depression.

“I had a year of depression,” the 32-year-old said after his win at the Adler Arena. “In the summer of 2011 I was pretty depressed and that was really a tough time and my family, especially my wife, had a tough time.”

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Dutchman Groothuis skates from depression to delight

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Dutch speed skater Stefan Groothuis was left grinning from ear-to-ear on Wednesday after a surprise Olympic gold in the 1,000 metres capped his recovery from depression.

“I had a year of depression,” the 32-year-old said after his win at the Adler Arena. “In the summer of 2011 I was pretty depressed and that was really a tough time and my family, especially my wife, had a tough time.”