Groothuis grabs 1,000 gold for Dutch; Davis 8th

The Sports NetworkFebruary 12, 2014 

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - After sweeping the men's 5,000-meter and 500-meter competitions, the Dutch were hoping to continue their speedskating dominance during Wednesday's 1,000-meter race at the Sochi Olympics.

They'd have to settle for two out of three.

Stefan Groothuis secured the gold medal in the men's 1,000 meters, while countrymate and 500-meter gold medalist in Sochi Michel Mulder brought home the bronze at Adler Arena Skating Center.

Canadian Denny Morrison, only in the race after teammate Gilmore Junio withdrew, finished in second to claim his first individual Olympic medal and third overall.

Two-time defending champion Shani Davis was looking to become the first American man to win the same event in three straight Winter Olympics, but turned in a time of 1 minute, 9.12 seconds to finish well outside of medal contention in eighth.

The 32-year-old Groothuis turned in a time of 1:08.39 seconds for his first Olympic medal, while Morrison, who raced in the pairing after Groothuis, crossed the finish line in 1:08.43.

Mulder, skating alongside Morrison, finished just after the 28-year-old Canadian, posting a time of 1:08.74.

Korean Mo Tae-Bum, runner-up to Davis in Vancouver, finished in 12th.

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