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Shani Davis withdraws from men's 500

February 15, 2010 |  7:14 pm


Shani Davis withdrew from the second race of men's 500-meter long-track speedskating so he can concentrate on the 1,000.

No American is expected to medal in the 500.  

Davis finished 18th in the first race of the 500, leaving him far out of medal contention.

He was using the sprint mainly to get in some speed work for Wednesday's 1,000, an event in which he holds the world record and is the defending Olympic champion.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver

Photo: Shani Davis races in the first heat of the men's 500. Credit: Kevin Frayer, Associated Press.