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    Roundup: US women lead in bobsled after two runs

    US coaches signal to Elana Myers and Lauryn Williams in USA-1 that, yes, they are in first place after two runs of the women’s bobsled.. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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    US coaches signal to Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams in USA-1 that, yes, they are in first place.

    Sven Kramer stayed in the right lane this time.

    No matter. He was again denied a gold medal in the speedskating race he wanted more than any other.

    With a stunner of a finishing kick, Jorrit Bergsma knocked off the world’s greatest distance skater, winning the 10,000 meters with an Olympic-record time Tuesday.


    ‘‘I’m still dazed,’’ Bergsma said.

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    In the 2010 Vancouver Games, Kramer gave away a sure gold in speedskating’s longest event with an inexplicable mistake while changing lanes.

    This time, he simply got beat by — almost inevitably at the Sochi Games — a fellow Dutchman.

    Bergsma turned in the fastest sea-level time ever, 12 minutes, 44.45 seconds, and shattered the Olympic record of 12:58.55 set by South Korea’s Lee Seung-Hoon four years ago.

    Kramer settled for silver in 12:49.02. The bronze went to 37-year-old Bob de Jong.


    While the order of finish didn’t go as expected, the guys on the podium were no surprise at all.

    It was another orange sweep, the fourth 1-2-3 finish for the Netherlands at Adler Arena, its speedskating medal haul climbing to 19 out of a possible 27.

    Bergsma’s last five laps were all under 30 seconds, a pace Kramer simply couldn’t match skating in the final pair with Lee.


    Women — An American track star is two runs from Olympic history.

    No, not her.


    Lauryn Williams, who had never pushed a bobsled or even sat inside one until just six months ago, and teammate Elana Meyers lead in USA-1 at the halfway point of women’s Olympic bobsled.

    They completed two drives down the Sanki Sliding Center track in 1 minute, 54.89 seconds Tuesday to lead Canada’s Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse. The Canadians, trying to win their second straight Olympic title, trail by 0.23 seconds heading into Wednesday’s final two runs.

    USA-2’s Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans are in third, 0.56 back.

    Williams, a two-time sprint medalist in the Summer Olympics, is attempting to become just the second athlete to win gold medals in both the Winter and Summer Games.

    Lolo Jones, on the other hand, wants just one.

    The former hurdler is 11th with teammate Jazmine Fenlator in USA-3, 1.84 seconds behind Meyers and Williams. It’s not the result Jones had hoped for after switching to bobsled to pursue her dream of winning a medal after ballyhooed failures on the track in Beijing and London.

    Short-track speedskating

    Women’s 3,000-meter relay — South Korea won the relay, passing China on the last lap to take the lead.

    The team of Cho Ha-ri, Kim Alang, Park Seung-hi, and Shim Suk-hee crossed the finish line first after Shim made the winning pass on the last of 27 laps. Four years ago in Vancouver, the South Koreans finished first, but were disqualified and China got the gold.

    This time, the Chinese team of Fan Kexin, Li Jianrou, Liu Qiuhong, and Zhou Yang finished second, but were disqualified by the referees after a penalty on the last lap.

    That allowed Canada to take the silver medal. Italy earned the bronze.

    Nordic combined

    Large hill — Eric Frenzel of Germany overcame illness to finish first in the ski jumping portion in Nordic combined at the Sochi Olympics.

    German team officials on Monday said Frenzel had a high temperature and was only ‘‘50-50’’ chance of competing. But Frenzel recovered enough to go for a 30-minute run Tuesday morning, convincing him he could compete.

    He scored 129 points in the ski jump in often heavy rain, two better than Haavard Klemetsen of Norway. That means Frenzel will start the 10-kilometer cross-country portion of the event on his own, eight seconds before Klemetsen.

    Third- place Bernhard Gruber of Austria will start 22 seconds after Frenzel, with normal hill silver medalist Akito Watabe of Japan and Jason Lamy Chappuis of France both 33 seconds later.


    Men — Britain advanced to the semifinals by beating Norway, 6-5, in a tiebreaker.

    British skip David Murdoch made a superb double takeout with the final shot in the 10th end to leave two British stones nearest to the button for the win.

    Britain will face Sweden in the semifinals on Wednesday, while Canada plays China.