Norway wins gold medal in men's team pursuit, United States earns bronze

Norway team pursuit - Credit: (Imagn)

Norway team pursuit – Credit: (Imagn)

Norway repeated as the Olympic gold medalist in the men’s team pursuit speed skating event on Tuesday, while the United States captured the bronze medal. 

Norway bested the ROC in the final round by 2.38 seconds and is the first squad to win multiple gold medals in the men’s team pursuit, which made its Olympic debut in 2006. 

The Norwegian team of Hallgeir Engebraaten, Sverre Lunde Pedersen and Peder Kongshaug were perfectly synchronized early in the final race. They jumped out to a two-second lead five laps in with three remaining and were never threatened. 

Norway, the ROC and the U.S. utilized the strategy of keeping one skater in front for the whole race, as opposed to the more traditional action of alternating places.

The U.S. unit of Casey DawsonEmery Lehman, and Joey Mantia blew away the Netherlands by 2.81 seconds to earn America its first men’s team pursuit medal since 2010. 

The Americans entered the Olympics having won two of three World Cup events, and they recorded the second-fastest time in the quarterfinals to match up with the ROC.

The Russians skated out in front in the semifinal, but the group of Dawson, Lehman and Ethan Cepuran caught up in the middle of the race. The U.S. faded slightly, though, which opened the door for the ROC trio to retake the advantage in latter third of the contest. The ROC set the Olympic record at 3:36.62, while the U.S. crossed the line 0.43 seconds later.

The Americans bested the previous Olympic record in the loss. 

The ROC did not have the legs to keep up with Norway after the record-setting win over the U.S.

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