History was not made on the big oval in Sochi on Wednesday afternoon in the men's 1,000-meter speedskating race.
Shani Davis—the two-time defending Olympic champion in the 1,000 meters—failed in his quest to become the first American male to capture gold at the same event in three consecutive Winter Games.
His time of 1:09.12 was only good enough for eighth place.
It was the Dutch who continued their dominance of speedskating in Sochi on Wednesday afternoon. They added two more medals to their already impressive, and growing, total.
Stefan Groothuis captured gold for the Netherlands, and he was joined on the podium by his compatriot Michel Mulder who secured bronze. It was Mulder's second medal of the Games, having already captured gold on Monday in the men's 500 meters.
Denny Morrison of Canada rounded out the podium with the silver medal.
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