Ter Mors takes gold in another Dutch speedskating sweep

The Sports NetworkFebruary 16, 2014 

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Jorien ter Mors set an Olympic record to win the women's 1,500 meters and lead the Netherlands to another medal sweep in speedskating Sunday at the Sochi Olympics.

Skating in the ninth of 18 pairs, ter Mors set the gold medal pace with her record time of 1 minute, 53.51 seconds. Fellow Dutch skater Ireen Wust was .58 seconds behind for silver and Lotte van Beek completed the podium sweep with a time of 1:54.54.

Marrit Leenstra gave the Dutch the top-four finishers, although she was 1.86 seconds behind van Beek for bronze.

Ter Mors is competing in both short track and traditional speedskating at the 2014 Winter Games. She finished fourth in the short track 1,500 meters and sixth in the 500 before making her Sochi debut in long track on Sunday.

This marks the third medal sweep in speedskating for the Netherlands in Sochi and the first on the women's side. The Dutch men claimed gold, silver and bronze in both the 500 and 5,000 meters.

The Dutch have now claimed 16 of the 24 speedskating medals awarded in Sochi, winning gold in five of the eight events.

Wust now has three medals in Sochi after winning gold in the 3,000 and taking silver in the 1,000. She has won six Olympic medals overall.

Heather Richardson had the best showing by an American, finishing seventh with a time of 1:57.60. Brittany Bowe and Jilleanne Rookard were 14th and 18th, respectively, for the United States.

Canada had four skaters in Sunday's event. Kali Christ was the top Canadian with a 16th-place finish.

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