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Japan's Kodaira wins gold in women's 500m speedskating

19 February 2018

Japan's Nao Kodaira stormed to gold in the women's 500 metres in an Olympic record time of 36.94 seconds yesterday.  She became the first female speed skater from Japan to win an Olympic title in an individual event. She is also the first woman to finish the race in under 37 seconds at sea level. Defending champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea settled for silver. Karolina Erbanova of the Czech Republic won the bronze medal.