- Speed Skating
Shani Davis finishes eighth, Stefan Groothuis wins gold
Davis was bidding to become the first American man to win three Winter Olympic golds in an individual event, and had tuned up for today’s event by competing in the 500m on Monday.
But in his pairing with Dutch skater Koen Verweij, the 18th of 20 pairings overall, Davis produced a time of 1:09.12 that placed him seventh. Over the last two pairings, he was then bumped to eighth, .73 of a second behind Groothuis.
Groothuis has now claimed his first Olympic medal and title; his previous best in an Olympics was a fourth-place finish in the 1000m at Vancouver in 2010. He turned in a time of 1:08.39, enough to give him the gold over Canada’s Denny Morrison by four one-hundredths of a second.
Morrison had previously won two team pursuit medals, including a gold on home ice at Vancouver. Michel Mulder, who led a 1-2-3 Dutch sweep of the 500m podium, finished .35 of a second back for the bronze.
Another American, Brian Hansen, finished one spot behind Davis in ninth (1:09.21).
Embedded owg_slideshow: Stefan Groothuis wins gold in the 1000m
MEN’S SPEEDSKATING – 1000m FINAL
1. Stefan Groothuis (NED), 1:08.39
2. Denny Morrison (CAN), 1:08.43
3. Michel Mulder (NED), 1:08.74
8. Shani Davis (USA), 1:09.12
9. Brian Hansen (USA), 1:09.21
15. Joey Mantia (USA), 1:09.72
28. Jonathan Garcia (USA), 1:10.74
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