February 15

Brodka upsets big names in 1,500 speedskating

Zbigniew Brodka captures Poland’s first gold medal in speedskating.

By Paul Newberry
The Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia — Zbigniew Brodka knocked off all the big names in the men’s 1,500 meters, capturing Poland’s first gold medal in speedskating Saturday.

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Gold medalist Poland’s Zbigniew Brodka competes in the men’s 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Saturday.

The Associated Press

Brodka won the closest 1,500 in Olympic history over Koen Verweij of the Netherlands, who skated in the final pair. The two were initially shown on the scoreboard as tied for the top spot, but when the time was broken down to the thousandths, the victory went to Brodka.

His time was 1 minute, 45.006 seconds. Verweij settled for silver in 1:45.009.

The bronze went to Canada’s Denny Morrison, his second medal of the Sochi Games.

It was another tough day for two-time silver medalist Shani Davis and the rest of the American team. Despite changing suits, Brian Hansen was the top U.S. finisher in seventh. Davis was 11th.

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