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Tae-Bum Mo of South Korea wins gold in men's 500-meter speedskating

February 15, 2010 |  8:10 pm


Tae-Bum Mo of South Korea was the surprise winner of the men's 500-meter long-track speedskating final. Mo was the only skater with sub-35-second times in both heats and won with a combined time of 69.82 seconds.

Keiichiro Nagashima of Japan finished second in 69.98 and Joji Kato of Japan was third in 70.01.

Pre-race favorite Kang-Seok Lee of South Korea finished fourth.

The highest American finisher was Tucker Fredricks, who was 12th with a time of 70.35 seconds. Shani Davis withdrew after the first heat, saying he wanted to concentrate on the 1,000 meters.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver