Speed skating:Ter Mors leads another Dutch sweep in 1,500m

Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:42pm EST
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By Patrick Johnston

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Short track specialist Jorien ter Mors was left in tears of joy after making a mockery of her lack of long track experience to win the Olympic women's 1,500 meters speed skating title on Sunday, as the Dutch claimed another medal sweep.

A day after finishing fourth in the 1,500m short track final, Ter Mors, the first women to compete in both skating disciplines, clocked an Olympic record one minute, 53.51 seconds on the Adler Arena ice, a time which few of the pre-race favorites threatened.

Defending champion Ireen Wust was closest, 0.58 seconds back as added silver to her 3,000m gold, while Lotte Van Beek took bronze just ahead of another Dutch skater, Marrit Leenstra in fourth.

"I never imagined I would win a gold here on long track. It's crazy," Ter Mors told reporters.

"On Tuesday I did a training session here, I have only been here two times, most of my training is on short track."

Ter Mors took up short track four years ago and tried the time trials of speed skating only in the last 18 months, saying she rarely trained on the big oval.

"My heart is really going out for short track," said the Enschede-born skater.

"I have already worked four years very hard for the little track. That is why it is really close to me."   Continued...

(L to R) Second-placed Ireen Wust, first-placed Jorien ter Mors and third-placed Lotte Van Beek, all of the Netherlands, celebrate on the podium during the flower ceremony for the women's 1,500 metres speed skating event at the Adler Arena during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato