Mulder leads Dutch speedskating sweep

  • Associated Press
  • Monday, February 10, 2014 9:14am
  • SportsSports

SOCHI, Russia — Michel Mulder led another Dutch sweep at the Olympic speedskating oval Monday, edging teammate Jan Smeekens by one-hundredth of a second, while Mulder’s twin brother Ronald got the bronze.

It was the first gold medal ever in the men’s 500 for the speedskating-mad nation.

Smeekens led after the first of two heats and initially thought he had earned a tie for the gold after he crossed the line. But the clock adjusted to the official time, giving Michel Mulder the gold with a total time of 1 minute, 9.31 seconds.

The silver went to Smeekens in 1:09.32, while Ronald Mulder grabbed the bronze with the fastest run of the day, 34.49 in the second round to finish at 1:09.46.

Defending Olympic champion Mo Tae-bum was fourth.

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