Jorien Ter Mors Wins 1000m Speedskating Gold Medal at 2018 Winter Olympics

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2018

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14:  Jorien Ter Mors of the Netherlands competes during the Ladies' 1000m Speed Skating on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Oval on February 14, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jorien Ter Mors claimed a fifth gold medal for the Netherlands in as many speedskating events at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as she triumphed in the women's 1,000 metres on Wednesday. 

The 28-year-old Dutch skater produced a blistering time of 1 minute, 13.56 seconds to edge out Japanese favourite Nao Kodaira, who could only claim silver.

The bronze medal went to Miho Takagi, Kodaira's compatriot, who set a time of 1:13.98, while 10-time Olympic medallist Ireen Wust had to settle for ninth place. 

Here is the updated medal table following Wednesday's action at the Gangneung Oval:

Wust, 31, went off in the fourth of the 16 pairs and set the early benchmark with her time of 1:15.32.

China's defending champion Zhang Hong looked set to overhaul the legendary Dutch skater in the 11th pair but a stumble on the final lap meant she eventually came home in 1:15.67.

In a sensational battle in the 12th pairing both Ter Mors and America's Brittany Bowe bettered Wust's time, with the Dutchwoman setting a new Olympic record to eventually claim the gold.

Takagi went second fastest in the 14th pair, leaving world-record holder Kodaira as the most likely remaining competitor to better Ter Mors.

But, despite an excellent start, the 31-year-old could not keep up the pace in the final lap of the 400-metre track and could only go second, pushing Bowe out of the medals.

The final two competitors, the Netherlands' Marrit Leenstra and Heather Bergsma of the United States, did not trouble the podium and Ter Mors was duly crowned champion.

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