Jorien Ter Mors sets Olympic record in 1500m speed skating event

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Jorien Ter Mors set an Olympic record in ladies’ 1500-meter speed skating as Netherlands dominated the event Sunday at the Sochi Winter Games.

The 24-year-old Ter Mors missed out on a medal in both the 500m and 1500m in the short-track, most recently finishing fourth in the latter Saturday.

However, she led an all-conquering Dutch quartet on Sunday and took the gold medal in style, setting an Olympic record of 1:53.51.

Compatriots Ireen Wurst and Lotte van Beek joined her on the podium, taking silver and bronze respectively, while Marrit Leenstra was back in fourth, narrowly missing out.

Ter Mors went out onto the ice in the ninth pair of 18, alongside Japan’s Ayaka Kikuchi, and went 4.37 seconds clear of then leader Olga Fatkulina. Ter Mors gave Netherlands its fifth gold of the games, moving them into second in the medal table.

The Netherlands raised its speed skating medal tally in Sochi to 16, the most by a nation at a Winter Olympic Games, surpassing Austria’s 14 in Alpine Skiing in 2006.

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