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Olympic Speedskating 2014: Live Results and Analysis of Men's 500 Meters

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10:  Michel Mulder of the Netherlands competes during the Men's 500 m Race 2 of 2 Speed Skating event during day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Carol SchramFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2014

The speedskating team from the Netherlands continued its dominance of the sport on Monday, sweeping its second event and winning gold for the first time ever in the men's 500-meters.

The Dutch have long been known for their strength at longer distances, but in Monday's sprint, Michel Mulder beat out his teammate Jan Smeekens by the smallest of margins to capture the gold. Mulder's twin brother Ronald bounced back from a sub-par first race to capture the bronze and complete the sweep.

Defending Olympic and world champion Mo Tae Bum of Korea made a good push, but both he and the strong Japanese team were ultimately shut out of the medals.

Not a good day for Team USA. In a distance that's not considered his strongest, Shani Davis was the top American finisher, in 24th place.

The dominating Dutch have now won all three gold meals so far at Adler Arena. They've picked up all six medals available on the men's side and seven of nine altogether.

It's another amazing performance for the Netherlands in speedskating. 

 

Final Results:

Gold: Michel Mulder - Netherlands  69.31 seconds

Silver: Jan Smeekens - Netherlands  69.32 seconds

Bronze: Ronald Mulder - Netherlands  69.46 seconds

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