- Speed Skating
Shani Davis first to repeat in 1000m event in Vancouver
Sven Kramer of the Netherlands won the 5000m in Vancouver, but unfortunately for him the biggest story of the speed skating competition was the race he didn’t win. Kramer’s coach, Gerard Kemkers, mistakenly waved him into the wrong lane during the 10,000m race. That led to Kramer’s disqualification even though he clocked the fastest time. Kemkers was devastated and he showed his emotions on the ice during the rest of the race.
American Shani Davis won the 1000m and finished second in the 1500m, while teammate Chad Hedrick placed third in the 1000m. Hedrick and three other Americans grabbed second in the team pursuit. In the women’s competition, Czech skater Martina Sablikova stole the show with gold medals in the 3000m and 5000m. Christine Nesbitt gave the home fans something to cheer about as she won the 1000m.
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With eight laps left, Kramer was sure he had to switch to the outside lane and was headed that way before Kemkers furiously motioned for him to move inside. Kramer hesitated but eventually slid to the inside lane at the last second. A short while later Kemkers realized his mistake but did not alert Kramer until the end of the race, at which point Kramer tossed his orange-rimmed racing glasses in disgust and pushed his coach out of the way. Kramer later told reporters he was ultimately responsible for the mistake and did not place any blame on Kemkers.
Embedded owg_slideshow: Sven Kramer's wild 10,000m race
Davis lives up to the hype
The clear favorite in the men’s 1000m was the reigning Olympic champion Shani Davis of the U.S., and he delivered with another gold-medal performance. Finishing second was 500m champion Mo Tae-Bum (KOR) and in third was American Chad Hedrick.
Davis won each of the four World Cup races leading up to Vancouver. With no one else competing as consistently as he did that season, the American was expected to repeat his Torino performance. He also had the advantage of drawing the last pair in Vancouver. But the 1000m race was not without it’s challenges for Davis. At the Games, he said he was running out of steam in the last few hundred meters but was able to dig deep and finish .18 seconds faster than Mo. “That race depleted me 100 percent,” Davis said.
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