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USA finally scores long-track speed skating medal

USA women take bronze in team pursuit
Posted: 7:27 AM, Feb 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-21 13:27:38Z

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. has finally won a long-track speed skating medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The team of Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe and Mia Manganello earned bronze in the women's team pursuit Wednesday.

They crossed the line in 2 minutes, 59.17 seconds in the B final.

Canada finished in 2 minutes, 59.70 seconds.

It's the first long-track speed skating medal for the U.S. since the 2010 Vancouver Games. The Americans were shut out four years ago in Sochi.

World-record holder Japan beat defending champion the Netherlands with an Olympic-record performance to take gold in the women's team pursuit speed skating event.

The Dutch settled for silver. In a spectacular gold-medal race, Japan set out fastest, lost the middle part to the Dutch and hit back in the final two of six laps to win.

Miho and Nana Takagi and Ayano Sato set an Olympic record of 2 minutes, 53.89 seconds to beat the Dutch by 1.59 seconds.