Updated: 02/13/2014 23:30 | By Agence France-Presse

China's Zhang wins women's 1,000m speed skating gold

Chinese outsider Zhang Hong powered to women's 1,000m speed skating gold on Thursday as her vaunted rivals struggled to match her blistering pace.


China's Zhang wins women's 1,000m speed skating gold

China's Zhang Hong competes during the Women's Speed Skating 1000 m at the Adler Arena on February 13, 2014 - by Damien Meyer

Zhang, racing in the seventh pair, clocked 1min 14.02sec and although a number of racers threatened her mark during through their skates, they could not sustain a challenge.

Ireen Wust of the Netherlands took silver in a time of 1:14.69 and Dutch compatriot Margot Boer won bronze in 1:14.90.

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