Mors Continues Dutch Speed Skating Success


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Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors bounced back from an injury-plagued season by claiming a gold medal in the Olympic women's 1,000 metres at the Gangneung Oval on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old set an Olympic record of one minute, 13.56 seconds to finish ahead of world record holder Nao Kodaira of Japan whose compatriot Miho Takagi took the bronze medal.

Going out in the penultimate pair, Nao Kodaira of Japan, the world record holder at the distance, was on course to beat Ter Mors’ time at the final split but could not sustain her momentum in the closing metres, and finished 0.26 seconds outside the leader’s time to claim the silver.

Speaking after the race, the Dutch medalist expressed her sheer satisfaction following her win:

"I'm really happy. I worked really hard. I had a lot of struggles at the beginning of the season. Did some changes towards the Olympics and it paid off so happy to be here (as) Olympic champion. It means a lot.
"The best one (medal) I have here when I work really hard and then at the right moment being in shape, doing this. It's great."

Her win wasn't instaneous, Mors had to wait to watch more skaters attempt to beat her score. This was an exhilarating experience for those at home, but for the medalist it was an intense experience.

"That's always hard because you already raced and you did everything you could and then you have to wait while other people do, but you can't do anything anymore so it's nerve-wracking but in the end it's good for me because I won," she said.

(Reuters) (Olympic.org)


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