Davis loses out to Father Time in three-peat attempt

Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:38pm EST
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By Julian Linden

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - As hard as he tried, Shani Davis just couldn't muster the speed to beat his rivals as Father Time caught up with the American.

His bid for an historic third gold medal in the men's 1,000 meters speedskating ended in disappointment when Davis finished eighth at the Sochi Olympics.

Had he won, the 31-year-old would have been the oldest man to win the event. But that honor went instead to Dutchman Stefan Groothuis, who won his first Olympic gold at the age of 32.

"This one hurts me a lot, but kudos to the people who were able to go out there and achieve their dreams, it's a great feeling," Davis said.

"I am not in shock, I am very in tune with reality. I am a bit disappointed but it's sports - you win some, you lose some.

"If I win the race, great, and if I make history, great, but first and foremost I wanted to win the race.

"I wanted to win the gold medal and if I did that and made history then wonderful. But I wasn't able to do that so I'm pretty sad, not about making history but winning the medal more than anything."

For a few fleeting moments, it looked like old times for Davis, who has been heralded as a pioneer in winter sports after he became the first black athlete to win an individual Winter Olympic gold, at Turin eight years ago.   Continued...

Shani Davis of the U.S. looks at his time after competing in the men's 1,000 meters speed skating race during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble )