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

speedskating event.

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.