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Polish Fireman Wins Gold in Speed Skating

16 lutego, 2014

Zbigniew Brodka. Fot. Sasha Krotov (Own work) CC-BY-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Zbigniew Brodka. Fot. Sasha Krotov (Own work) CC-BY-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

SOCHI, Russia- Poland’s Zbigniew Brodka denied the Dutch another Olympic speed skating gold medal by winning the men\'s 1,500 meters by just three thousands of a second at the Adler Arena ice.

By Raymond Rolak

Part-time fireman Brodka clocked one minute, 45 seconds in the 17th of 20 heats but then was left with his heart in his mouth as Dutch skater Koen Verweij crossed the finish line in the same time in the final pairing. All eyes were fixed on the giant scoreboard. The Pole had been victorious by the tiny margin. “This is unbelievable,” Brodka said at the post race press reception.

Poland got another gold medal as Justyna Kowalczyk won the women’s 10 kilometer classic in cross-country skiing.

Jacek Adamski contributed from Krakow