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Jorien ter Mors of Netherlands won the women’s 1,500 metres speed skating title in an Olympic record time on Sunday as the Dutch once again swept the medals at the Adler Arena.
Ter Mors clocked one minute, 53.51 seconds in the ninth heat of 18 to leave the pre-race favourites an imposing time that few threatened to match.
Defending champion Ireen Wust claimed silver to go with her 3,000m gold and Lotte Van Beek was delighted with bronze as the Dutch moved on to a record 16 speed skating medals in Sochi.
It was also a third speed skating medal sweep in Sochi for the Dutch after the men completed the feat in the 500 and 5,000m.
Ter Mors, who finished fourth in the 1,500m short track, was left in tears after being confirmed the winner when Van Beek, skating in the final heat, failed to beat her time.
Ter Mors’s compatriot Marrit Leenstra finished fourth and Russian Yuliya Skokova was the best-placed non-Dutchwoman in fifth, almost three seconds behind the gold medallist.
The United States’s wait for a first speed skating medal of the Sochi games continued after Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe finished seventh and 14th in their old skinsuits after the team ditched their Olympic ‘Mach 39’ ones on Saturday.
Both sprinters were up with Ter Mors time over the first 300 metres before falling way off the pace over the remaining three laps.