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Brodka upsets big names in 1,500, Davis falters

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  • Shani Davis of the U.S. covers his mouth after  competing in the men's 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

    Shani Davis of the U.S. covers his mouth after competing in the men's 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

One of the closest races in Olympic speedskating history came down to a final lunge of the skate -- then a few more agonizing seconds to figure out who won. Zbigniew Brodka knocked off all the favorites in the 1,500 meters Saturday, capturing Poland's first gold medal in Olympic speedskating by a mere three-thousandths of a second over Koen Verweij of the Netherlands. Shani Davis? He wasn't even close.

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