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Feb 12, 2014

Speed skating-Dutch delight as Groothuis ends Davis’s run

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Stefan Groothuis was as surprised as anyone after continuing the golden speed skating run of the Dutch by winning the men’s 1,000 meters title on Wednesday as Shani Davis’s bid for a rare Olympic hat-trick fell way short.

Groothuis tripped in his 500m heat on Monday but his strides were perfect in his pet race on Wednesday as he clocked one minute 8.39 seconds for his two-and-a-half laps in the 16th heat of 20 at the Adler Arena.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Dutch delight as Groothuis ends Davis’s run

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Stefan Groothuis was as surprised as anyone after continuing the golden speed skating run of the Dutch by winning the men’s 1,000 metres title on Wednesday as Shani Davis’s bid for a rare Olympic hat-trick fell way short.

Groothuis tripped in his 500m heat on Monday but his strides were perfect in his pet race on Wednesday as he clocked one minute 8.39 seconds for his two-and-a-half laps in the 16th heat of 20 at the Adler Arena.

Feb 11, 2014

Parents’ faith again rewarded by ‘Empress Lee’

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Olympic victories and records keep coming for South Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa but her early races against her brother as a child remain the most significant to her.

The 24-year-old Seoul skater, who retained her Olympic 500 meter sprint title on Tuesday, took up skating aged seven with her older brother Sang-jun but their parents could not afford training costs for both.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Parents’ faith again rewarded by ‘Empress Lee’

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – The Olympic victories and records keep coming for South Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa but her early races against her brother as a child remain the most significant to her.

The 24-year-old Seoul skater, who retained her Olympic 500 metre sprint title on Tuesday, took up skating aged seven with her older brother Sang-jun but their parents could not afford training costs for both.

Feb 11, 2014

Injured Lee takes gold to leave Sochi sobbing

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – South Korean Lee Sang-hwa disappointed an army of Russian fans by retaining the women’s 500 meters speed skating title in a blistering Olympic record time on Tuesday despite suffering from a sore knee.

Lee clocked a combined 74.70 seconds for her two 500 meter races with her second heat of 37.28 seconds also an Olympic record.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Injured Lee takes gold to leave Sochi sobbing

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – South Korean Lee Sang-hwa disappointed an army of Russian fans by retaining the women’s 500 metres speed skating title in a blistering Olympic record time on Tuesday despite suffering from a sore knee.

Lee clocked a combined 74.70 seconds for her two 500 metre races with her second heat of 37.28 seconds also an Olympic record.

Feb 11, 2014

Lee powers to 500 meters gold in record time

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Lee Sang-hwa successfully defended the Olympic women’s 500 meters speed skating title in a blistering record time at the Adler Arena on Tuesday to give South Korea their first medal of the Sochi Games.

Lee clocked an Olympic record 74.70 seconds for her two 500 meter races in the final session to relegate Olga Fatkulina of Russia into silver medal position and disappoint the majority of the crowd.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Lee powers to 500m gold in record time

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Lee Sang-hwa successfully defended the Olympic women’s 500 metres speed skating title in a blistering record time at the Adler Arena on Tuesday to give South Korea their first medal of the Sochi Games.

Lee clocked an Olympic record 74.70 seconds for her two 500 metre races in the final session to relegate Olga Fatkulina of Russia into silver medal position and disappoint the majority of the crowd.

Feb 11, 2014

Speed skating: Dutch leave the rest flailing on the ice

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Dutch have managed to extract an endless line of soccer talent from their 17 million people but it is in the Winter Olympic sport of speed skating where they have truly struck gold.

An Olympic record 30 times, in fact.

Victories for Sven Kramer, Irene Wust and Michel Mulder on the first three days of competition at the Adler Arena in Sochi have helped the Dutch become the most decorated Olympic speed skating nation, surpassing the United States’ mark of 29.

Feb 10, 2014

Mulder twins claim gold and bronze, Dutch sweep

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Michel Mulder ‘lost’ then won the men’s 500 meters Olympic speed skating title by one hundredth of a second in a dramatic finale at the Adler Arena on Monday, with his twin brother Ronald taking bronze in another Dutch clean sweep of the medals.

After clocking a combined 69.312 seconds for his two 500m races, Mulder sat on the edge of the ice and watched as compatriot Jan Smeekens crossed the line in the final heat and was placed on top of the leaderboard on the giant screen.