Michel Mulder leads Dutch sweep of 500

The Sports NetworkFebruary 10, 2014 

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Michel Mulder held his hand to his mouth. The Dutch speedskater had just lost the men's 500 meters to Jan Smeekens in what amounted to a buzzer beater -- or so he thought.

Smeekens celebrated when his time flashed with the number one next to it after Monday's final race at Adler Arena Skating Center Coastal Cluster. But a time correction moments later flipped the teammates, with Mulder landing on top.

Mulder and Smeekens led a Dutch sweep of the event, with Mulder's twin brother Ronald coming in third. Michel Mulder finished his two races with a total time of 69.312 seconds -- .012 seconds ahead of Smeekens.

After Smeekens' result was changed -- a photo of the finish gives the official time -- the gold medalist Mulder pointed to the screen and pumped his fist.

The Netherlands has won all three speedskating gold medals so far at the Sochi Olympics. They swept the men's 5,000 meters, too, with Sven Kramer capturing gold. Ireen Wust won the women's 3,000, giving the Dutch seven of the nine medals.

South Korea's Mo Tae Bum, the 2010 Olympic champion, finished fourth. Canada's Gilmore Junio and Jamie Gregg were 11th and 12th in that order and the top U.S. finisher was Shani Davis in 24th.

Davis got the last American berth in the 500 after a teammate was disqualified in December for an infraction, but the distance is not a specialty for him.

In Wednesday's 1,000 meters, Davis will try to become the first American man to win the same event in three straight Winter Olympics.

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