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Ter Mors leads Dutch 1,500m clean sweep, Miller becomes oldest skiing medalist

English.news.cn   2014-02-17 07:13:49

SOCHI, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Jorien Ter Mors led Dutch speed skaters to a record third clean sweep at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in the women's 1,500 meters on Sunday while American legend Bode Miller became the oldest medalist in Olympic skiing history.

Behind the indomitable Ter Mors, the Netherlands also claimed silver, bronze and fourth place in speed skating. Ireen Wust took the silver, Lotte Van Beek the bronze and Marrit Leenstra settled for fourth.

The gold medal offset disappointment from a fourth-place finish by Ter Mors in the short track 1,500m on Saturday. En route to the title, she set a new Olympic mark of 1:53.51, beating the previous mark of 1:57.88.

"I never expected to win gold here, but I had a very good race," she said. "Technically it was good, I kept pace, I skated in a compact position, it was just about keeping skating. At the finish line I looked up and I was first."

With her silver, Wust equalled the Dutch record of six Olympic Winter Games medals, held by compatriot Rintje Ritsma.

The Netherlands has now won 16 medals in speed skating at Sochi. This is a record for a national Olympic committee in any one sport at a single Winter Olympic Games. Austria took 14 in Alpine skiing in Turin eight years ago.

At 36 years and 127 days, Miller, Miler finished joint third with Canada's Jan Hudec in the men's super-G event, his sixth career Olympic medal, surpassing Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway to become the oldest Alpine skiing Olympic medalist. Aamodt was 34 years and 169 days when he won gold in the super-G in 2006.

The gold medal was won by Kjetil Jansrud, who extended Norway's winning streak to four in a row in this event.

Norway equalled the men's record of four consecutive gold medals in one Alpine skiing event. Austria won four straight slalom gold medals from 1952 to 1964.

Andrew Weibrecht, of the United States, claimed the silver.

"I've been a part of ski racing for a lot of years," Miller said. "It's not a surprise for me when different guys win. ...There are only a few guys without big weaknesses and they'll be second, third in a lot of disciplines."

Wearing her lucky drawn-on moustache, Eva Samkova won the gold medal in women's snowboard cross, the Czech Republic's first medal from the event at the Olympic Games.

Samkov, 20, led in each round and avoided the crashes that took out some of biggest competitors in this rough-and-tumble event.

Three-time Olympian Dominique Maltais of Canada took silver while teenager Chloe Trespeuch of France got the bronze.

Pre-race favorite Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States, trying to make up for losing out on the gold medal at Turin in 2006, crashed out in the semifinal round.

Sweden completed a golden double in the 4X10km cross country relay, winning the men's event in one hour 28 minutes 42 seconds.

Having already won the women's event, Sweden became the first country in 42 years to win both cross country relays at the same Olympic Games.

The men's biathlon 15km mass-start race was postponed to Monday because of fog and cloud at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Bianthlon Center.

The race, previously scheduled to start 7 p.m. local time, had been delayed for one hour and then postponed until 10 a.m. Monday February 17.

Editor: Yamei Wang
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