Coach's error costs Dutch skater

February 24, 2010 

  • Nation

    G

    S

    B

    Tot

    United States

    7

    9

    10

    26

    Germany

    7

    9

    7

    23

    Norway

    6

    5

    6

    17

    Russia

    3

    4

    6

    13

    Canada

    6

    4

    1

    11

Lee Seung-hoon of South Korea won a stunning gold medal in men's 10,000-meter speedskating Tuesday when overwhelming favorite Sven Kramer made an amateurish mistake, failing to switch lanes with a certain victory in his sights, and was disqualified.

Kramer finished more than 4 seconds ahead of Lee, but it didn't matter. The South Korean already was hugging his coaches on the infield while the Dutch world-record holder was still finishing up his race.

As Kramer came across the line, he flipped down his hood and threw up his arms, believing he won his second gold medal of the Vancouver Games. Then, as he was coasting along on the backstretch, Kramer's coach told him he had skated the last eight laps in the wrong lane. The skater flung away his glasses in disgust.

The coach, Gerard Kemkers, had given his skater the wrong instruction.

Lee won with an Olympic-record time of 12 minutes, 58.55 seconds, breaking the mark of 12:58.92 set by Jochem Uytdehaage of the Netherlands at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

The silver went Ivan Skobrev of Russia (13:02.07), and defending Olympic champion Bob de Jong ended up with the bronze (13:06.73).

Belbin, Agosto part of history

The leaders of the North American uprising in ice dance will leave the Vancouver Olympics without a medal. Their place in history is secure anyway.

Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto took their sport from a sideshow in the United States to center stage. During the last decade, they won five national titles and made the medals podium four times at the world championships.

They also own a silver from the Turin Games, only the second Olympic medal for American ice dancers and the first in 30 years. The third medal was added to the American trophy case Monday, a silver by Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who finished behind Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Belbin and Agosto wound up fourth.

The Associated Press

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