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Posted on: Saturday, February 20, 2010

Winter Olympics spoiler alert: Davis, Hedrick in 1,500 speedskating


Associated Press

Results of the men's 1,500-meter speed skating medal competition, which will be broadcast later tonight on TV.

RICHMOND, British Columbia Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick were supposed to have an American battle for gold. Mark Tuitert didn't go along with the plan.

The Dutch skater pulled off a speedskating upset in the 1,500 meters Saturday, relegating Davis to the silver while Hedrick failed to even make the podium.

Davis, the world-record holder trying to add to his gold medal in the 1,000, came around the final turn with his mouth open and arms swinging, trying desperately to make up the gap on Tuitert. He finished more than a half-second behind, still good enough for his second medal of these games and fourth of his Olympic career.

In his final individual race, the soon-to-retire Hedrick hoped to follow up a surprising bronze in the 1,000 with an even better showing in the 1,500, believing he had an advantage at the longer distance.

Not even close.

Hedrick collapsed on the final lap, falling farther and farther off the leading pace before crossing the line with only the sixth-best showing. He was more than a full second behind Tuitert's winning time of 1 minute, 45.57 seconds.

Davis claimed the silver in 1:46.10, while Havard Bokko of Norway took bronze in 1:46.13.