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Nao Kodaira skates to the silver medal in the 1,000m on Wednesday.© AFP/Jiji.

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Seven medals for Japan – but still waiting for gold

Date : 15 Feb 2018

Gangneung, Korea, February 14, 2018: Japan was hoping for a 1-2 finish in the women’s 1,000 metres speed skating race at the Gangneung Oval on Wednesday night but could not climb over the Dutch “Oranje” wall again and had to settle for a 2-3. The Netherlands’ Jorien ter Mors continued the Dutch dominance of the speed skating competition by winning gold in 1 minute, 13.56 seconds – a new Olympic record.

Nao Kodaira, who holds the world record at 1:12.09, and her team-mate Miho Takagi tried their best to hunt down the time of Mors but fell narrowly short. Kodaira finished second in 1:13.82, just 0.26 seconds behind, to take the silver medal and Takagi clocked 1:13.98, 0.42 seconds down, to win the bronze.

“We have silver and bronze and we are stepping on the podium,” said Kodaira. “We are happy about that but, at the same time, we wish were one step higher so, yes, we are a little frustrated. “But for Japanese speed skating I think this is a great step. I still have a chance in the 500m.”Takagi was winning her second medal of the Games after taking silver in the 1,500m.

Japan finished Day Five of PyeongChang 2018 with four silver and three bronze medals after Akito Watabe won silver in the Nordic Combined Individual Gundersen Normal Hill/10km cross-country behind Germany’s Eric Frenzel. Austria’s Lukas Klapfer took the bronze.

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