Speed Skating

Dean Campbell - Monday Feb. 10, 2014 08:53 ET

Michel Mulder dominates men's 500m speed skating

Dutch team sweeps podium, Canadians well back

Michel Mulder of the Netherlands

Michel Mulder celebrates victory in men's 500m speed skating. Mulder led a Dutch sweep of the medals. (Damien Meyer/AFP Getty)

Speed skaters from the Netherlands smashed the competition in the men's 500-metre event, sweeping the medal haul. Michel Mulder was fastest in the second race, finishing with a combined time of 1:09.31 across his two heats.

Jan Smeekens, who was fastest in the first race, was marginally slower in the second race, but claimed the silver medal just 0.01 seconds back of Mulder.

Michel's twin brother Ronald Mulder upped his performance in the second race to set the fastest time of the day, 34.49 seconds, an a combined total time of 1:09.46, enough for a bronze medal. 

As in the first race, Gilmore Junio was the fastest Canadian in the second race, and scored a combined time of 1:10.25, 10th overall. 

Canadian Jamie Gregg crossed the line with a combined time of 1:10.27 for 11th position. William Dutton of Humbolt, Sask., pushed hard in the second race to finish 14th with a combined time of 1:10.44, while teammate Muncef Ouardi finished with a combined time of 1:10.99 seconds, in 25th place.

American Shani Davis finished 24th, 1.67 seconds back of the winner.

The world record set by Canadian Jeremy Wotherspoon at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Games went untouched, and holds at 34.03 seconds.


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