SOCHI, Feb 11 — Who won what at the 2014 Winter Olympics yesterday:
Speed skating — short track — 1500m
Canada’s Charles Hamelin claimed his third Olympic gold with victory in the 1500m with China’s Han Tianyu taking silver and Victor Ahn giving hosts Russia their first ever Olympic short track medal with bronze.
Hamelin, 29, previously won gold in the 500m and the 5000m relay in the 2010 Vancouver Games.
“It’s not my best distance, but I had a really good start and was able to control the race afterwards,” said Hamelin, wearing a new high-tech spandex suit.
It was a fifth Olympic medal for Ahn, formerly known as Ahn Hyun-Soo, who won gold in the 1000m, 1500m and 5000m relay for South Korea in 2006, before switching nationalities after failing to qualify for Vancouver.
Biathlon — 12.5km pursuit
France took its first gold of the Sochi Olympics when Martin Fourcade won the biathlon pursuit but Norwegian legend Ole Einar Bjoerndalen narrowly missed out on an outright Winter Games medals record.
Bjoerndalen started the race equal with Norwegian cross country ski great Bjoern Daehlie on the all-time record of 12 medals won for the Winter Olympics.
But despite showing good ski speed, Bjoerndalen missed targets in the second prone and both standing shootings to come in fourth in 34:14.5 just 1.7sec behind France’s Jean Guillaume Beatrix in third.
“I think I had the chance to win. When I missed the shot, I knew that was the end for me. I was not strong enough on the shooting,” said Bjoerndalen who still has four more events to race in Sochi to get the 13-medal record.
Fourcade, who took his first gold to add to his silver in the mass start at Vancouver in 2010, dominated the race from the mid-stage and even had the time to clench his first in triumph after a clear final shooting.
He finished in 33:48.6, 14.1sec ahead of Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic who came in second for silver.
Speed Skating — 500m
Michel Mulder saw off a fierce challenge from his Dutch team-mates to win the 500m speed skating gold as the Netherlands swept the podium.
Mulder, 27, won with a combined time from his two races of 69.31sec, beating compatriot Jan Smeekens by just 0.01sec in a thrilling climax to the competition.
“When I crossed the line I just didn’t know. Then I saw that I had won and I couldn’t believe it,” said Mulder
Ronald Mulder, the twin brother of Michel, took bronze in a time of 69.46sec.
Freestyle skiing — moguls
Alex Bilodeau retained his men’s moguls title with a stunning score of 26.31 as Canada continued to dominate the discipline.
Just as they had done in the women’s moguls, Canada also took silver through Mikael Kingsbury, with a score of 24.71.
On Saturday, sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe took gold and silver in the women’s event.
Alexandr Smyshlyaev (24.34) gave Russi some joy and prevented a Canadian clean sweep by pipping Marc-Antoine Gagnon (23.35) for bronze.
Alpine skiing — Super-combined
Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch defended her super-combined gold, proving she was the woman to beat in the discipline.
The 29-year-old, who also won the world title last year, posted a total time of 2min 34.62sec after one downhill and one slalom run.
She finished ahead of Austria’s Nicole Hosp at 0.40sec and US favourite Julia Mancuso, who made a key mistake half way through the course to finish third at 0.53 despite leading after the morning’s downhill.
“It was a big fight and it wasn’t easy because the snow was tough and bumpy,” said Hoefl-Riesch.
“The hill was steep at the start, which I found especially difficult. It didn’t feel great, but I skied fast enough. I was able to keep my skis going and didn’t break too much in the turns.” — AFP