Speedskater Jorien ter Mors sets Olympic record in 1,000

Jorien ter Mors of The Netherlands celebrates setting a new Olympic record in the women's 1,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the

Jorien ter Mors of The Netherlands celebrates setting a new Olympic record in the women's 1,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the

Gold medallist Jorien ter Mors of The Netherlands celebrates on the podium after the women's 1,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at t

Gold medallist Jorien ter Mors of The Netherlands celebrates on the podium after the women's 1,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at t

Gold medallist Jorien ter Mors of The Netherlands celebrates with the national flag after the women's 1,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung

Gold medallist Jorien ter Mors of The Netherlands celebrates with the national flag after the women's 1,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung

Gold medallist Jorien ter Mors of The Netherlands celebrates with the national flag after the women's 1,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung

Gold medallist Jorien ter Mors of The Netherlands celebrates with the national flag after the women's 1,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung

Silver medallist Japan's Nao Kodaira celebrates after the women's 1,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in

Silver medallist Japan's Nao Kodaira celebrates after the women's 1,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in

Jorien ter Mors of The Netherlands skates to a new Olympic record on the women's 1,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Wint

Jorien ter Mors of The Netherlands skates to a new Olympic record on the women's 1,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Wint

Japan's Nao Kodaira, left, silver medal, and Miho Takagi, right, of Japan, bronze medal, skate with the national flag after the women's 1,000 meters s

Japan's Nao Kodaira, left, silver medal, and Miho Takagi, right, of Japan, bronze medal, skate with the national flag after the women's 1,000 meters s

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Speedskater Jorien ter Mors set an Olympic record to win the 1,000 meters Wednesday night, earning a fifth gold medal for the Netherlands in as many events.

Favorite Nao Kodaira slumped over the last half lap and had to settle for silver ahead of her Japanese teammate Miho Takagi.

Brittany Bowe of the United States finished just outside the medals.

No one has ever completed the race faster at sea level. Ter Mors crossed in 1 minute 13.56 seconds, beating Kodaira by 0.26 seconds and Takagi by 0.42 seconds.

She beat the 2002 Olympic mark of U.S. skater Chris Witty which was set at high altitude.

The victory came in an injury-marred season for Ter Mors, who will compete for another gold in the short track later in the games.

"It was a perfect race," Ter Mors said, who is not known for a fast start. Once she hit her stride, no one could match her. She punched the air after crossing the line, shouting "yes" between gritted teeth.

Then, she had to wait for another eight racers to finish.

"It was tough to wait for Kodaira," said Ter Mors.

She had been struggling with a bad back and some blood problems during the season and she surprisingly failed to qualify for the 1,500, where she was the Olympic champion.

Over the past weeks she took the risk to go for power training on her back. It held up under the pressure and provided the big payoff.

"It's really cool that despite all the injury misery this season and after taking such risks it has paid off," she said.

The Dutch are favored to add a sixth gold on Thursday when Sven Kramer goes for another Olympic title in the 10,000.

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