February 24, 2018 / 12:51 PM / 7 months ago

Olympics-Speed skating-Japan's Takagi surges to mass start gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Japanese speed skater Nana Takagi unleashed a late surge of explosive speed to pass Dutchwoman Irene Schouten on the inside of the final corner and claim an Olympic gold medal in the women's mass start at the Gangneung Oval on Saturday.

South Korean Kim Bo-reum slipped into the channel created by Takagi to win the silver medal 0.12 seconds behind the Japanese as Schouten settled for bronze. (Reporting by Simon Jennings; editing by Clare Fallon)

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