Dutch sweep continues as Jorien ter Mors wins gold in 1,000m speed skating

Skaters from the Netherlands have now won gold in all 5 completed events

Dutch sweep continues as Jorien ter Mors wins gold in 1,000m speed skating
Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands celebrates after setting an Olympic record in her race. © John Sibley/Reuters

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The Netherlands has extended its dominance on the speed-skating oval in Pyeongchang, with sprinter Jorien ter Mors winning gold in the women's 1000 metre race.

The 28-year-old skater posted an Olympic record time of one minute, 13:56 seconds in her race. None of the skaters that came after her could beat that, so she took the gold.

Two Japanese skaters were hot on her heels, however, with Nao Kodaira taking silver and Miho Takagi taking the bronze.

Two Canadians competed in the race. Calgary's Kaylin Irvine came in 23rd place with a time of one minute, 16:90 seconds, and Winnipegger Heather McLean was less than half a second behind her in 25th place with a time of one minute, 17:25 seconds.

The medal is ter Mors' third gold, having won two in Sochi four years ago in different events. In addition to long track, ter Mors will also compete in the 1,500-metre race on the short track side later this week.

"I'm really happy," ter Mors said after the race was over. "I had a lot of struggles at the beginning of the season," she added, "so to be here as Olympic champion, it means a lot."

The Dutch have now won gold in all five long track speed skating events that have happened so far in Pyeongchang, including the 1,500 and the 5,000 on the men's side, and the 1,000, the 1,500 and the 3,000 on the women's side.