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Ter Mors Sets Olympic Record in Latest Dutch Speedskating Sweep

Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Jorien ter Mors broke the Olympic record by a half-second while leading a Dutch sweep of the women’s 1500-meter speedskating race, continuing the Netherlands’ dominance of that sport at the Sochi Games.

Ireen Wust took silver and Lotte van Beek captured the bronze medal for the Dutch, who have won 16 of the 24 medals in speedskating events so far at the Winter Games.

A Dutch skater also was fourth in the race, in which the best showing by an American was Heather Richardson in seventh place. The Americans continued their speedskating medal shutout in Sochi, where no U.S. skater has finished better than seventh. The U.S. won four medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Ter Mors, 24, won in 1 minute, 53.51 seconds. The Olympic record had been 1:54.02, set by Anni Friesinger of Germany at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

Whereas the men’s 1500-meter gold medal was decided by three thousandths of a second yesterday, ter Mors won today by more than half a second against Wust -- who now has three medals in Sochi and five Olympic medals overall.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rob Gloster at rgloster@bloomberg.net

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