A switch back to their old Under Armour suits didn’t help set things right for the U.S. men’s speedskaters, who finished out of the medals in today’s 1500m event at Adler Arena.
Brian Hansen (pictured) finished seventh to lead the Americans, tying the best speedskating result so far in Sochi for Team USA as a whole. Shani Davis, who had won silver in this distance at the last two Olympics, finished 11th.
The race itself came down to the last heat, as Koen Verweij of the Netherlands took aim at leader Zbigniew Brodkat of Poland, who had taken the gold position with three heats to go.
When Verweij crossed the stripe, the clock initially said that he had tied Brodkat at 1:45.00.
But then came word that Brodkat had won by a mere three one-thousandths of a second – his 1:45.006 to Verweij’s 1:45.009.
Brodkat is the 2013 World Cup champion at this distance and had finished 27th at this distance four years ago in Vancouver.
The bronze went to Canada’s Denny Morrison, who is a past two-time world champion in the 1500m (2008, 2012). This is Morrison’s second Sochi medal after winning silver in the 1000m.
MEN’S SPEEDSKATING – 1500M FINAL
1. Zbigniew Brodka (POL), 1:45.006
1. Koen Verweij (NED), 1:45.009
3. Denny Morrison (CAN), 1:45.22
7. Brian Hansen (USA), 1:45.59
11. Shani Davis (USA), 1:45.98
22. Joey Mantia (USA), 1:48.01
37. Jonathan Kuck (USA), 1:50.19