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Salem Radio Network News Friday, February 23, 2018

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Speed skating: Dominant Dutch win gold, silver in men’s 1,500m

By Simon Jennings

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Dutch speed skaters continued their dominance at the Olympic Games on Tuesday with world champion Kjeld Nuis powering to gold in the men’s 1,500 metres ahead of compatriot Patrick Roest.

South Korea’s Kim Min-seok sparked wild celebrations by taking bronze to open the host nation’s speed skating account at the Games.

The Netherlands has won eight of the 12 speed skating medals at the Games so far, including all four golds.

Nuis, the first reigning world champion to win Olympic gold in the distance, made a blistering start and finished in one minute 44.01 seconds despite losing speed on the final lap.

Skating in the fourth pair of the evening, 22-year-old Roest set the time to beat, powering across the line in 1 minute 44.86 seconds.

Racing after Nuis, Kim responded to the cheers of the crowd with a huge effort and made a late surge in the last two laps to finish 0.07 seconds behind Roest in third.

(Reporting by Simon Jennings, editing by Ed Osmond)

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