SKorea's Lee repeats as 500 champ

The Sports NetworkFebruary 11, 2014 

Sochi, Russia ( - South Korean speedskater Lee Sang Hwa easily repeated as Olympic champion in the women's 500 meters on Tuesday.

Lee beat Russia's Olga Fatkulina by .36 seconds for her second straight gold medal, setting Olympic records with a 37.28-second finish in her second race and an overall time of 74.70.

Margot Boer was third, .42 seconds behind Fatkulina to give the Netherlands eight of the first 12 speedskating medals at the Sochi Olympics.

American Heather Richardson, sixth in Vancouver four years ago, stood fourth after the first race Tuesday but ended eighth.

Christine Nesbitt, the 2010 gold medalist in the 1,000, was the top Canadian finisher, coming in 12th.

Prior to Tuesday, the Netherlands had won all three speedskating gold medals. The Dutch swept the men's 500 and 5,000 meters and Ireen Wust won the women's 3,000.

Lee, probably among the heaviest favorites in any event, entered the Olympics with a 7-0 record in World Cup races this season. She had a .15-second lead on Fatkulina after the first race and more than doubled it after the second.

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