South Korea’s Mo wins gold in men’s 500 meters
Mo Tae-bum of South Korea has won the men’s Olympic 500-meter
Mo posted the second-best time of the opening race, then blazed
around the track in a time of 34.90 seconds in the second heat to
snatch the gold with a total time of 1 minute, 9.82 seconds. Japan
took the next two spots with Keiichiro Nagashima claiming silver
and Joji Kato the bronze.
This race hardly went off as planned. After the first 10 pairs
skated the opening race, there was a delay of about an hour because
of various mechanical problems with the ice-resurfacing machines.
Officials even discussed postponing the rest of the competition
before one of the machines was repaired.