Ter Mors sets Olympic record By

Elias Hubbard
February 18, 2018

Kodaira, who came into the race as the heavy favorite after winning three of four World Cup events past year that included breaking the world record, will be disappointed by her second-placed finish.

Japan took home silver and bronze in the women's 1,000 meter speed skating event at the PyeongChang Olympic Games.

Ter Mors raced the distance to win the gold in 1 minute 13.56 seconds beating the previous Olympic record of 1 minute 13.83 seconds set by USA speed skater Chris Witty at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

"I just wasn't good enough to win the gold", said Kodaira.

Kodaira had the chance to become the first Japanese female to win a speed skating gold medal at the Winter Olympics but it was not to be as ter Mors, the Sochi Olympics 1,500 and team pursuit gold medalist, surprised by continuing her flawless speed skating record at the Olympics, having won every event she has entered.

"I'm very pleased with this medal", said Kodaira.

Ter Mors' victory also extended Dutch speed skaters' title winning streak to five at PyeongChang as they have reaped nine medals out of 15 on offer in five events so far. "We have the 500, team pursuit and mass start to go, so we have chances to win more".

Earlier, defending Olympic champion Zhang Hong had looked set to beat Wust's time until catching a skate tip in the ice towards the end of her heat, a stumble that ended her hopes of a second consecutive gold in the event. Takagi broke up a Dutch sweep by taking the 1,500 silver on Monday. "The Dutch skaters are still better and stronger than us, but we are coming and we have room to improve and we can challenge them".

"I'm so happy to be here as Olympic champion".

Takagi finished runner-up to Kodaira in all three of the World Cup 1,000-meter races the latter has won so far this term.

"I'm really happy. I worked really hard", she said.

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