South Korea's Lee Sang Hwa repeated as gold medalist in the women's 500 meters as she crushed the field with a new Olympic record of 37.28 in her second of two races.
Lee lead the competition after the first race as she recorded a time of 37.42, but that time would be blown to pieces by her record-setting second run.
Lee not only broke the single-race record with a 37.28 in her second run, but she also broke the overall two-race Olympic record with a combined time of 74.70.
In the process of winning her gold, Lee became just the third skater in the history of the 500 meters to win the event on two or more occasions.
Russia's Olga Fatkulina held on to earn the hosts a silver medal with an overall time of 75.06, the medal was the second in speedskating in Sochi for the host nation.
Margot Boer of the Netherlands earned the eighth speedskating medal for her country by earning the bronze with a time of 75.48.
As for the Americans in the mix, Heather Richardson finished in eighth place with a time of 75.75, while Brittany Bowe and Lauren Cholewinski both found themselves in the top 15 when the competition was completed.
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