Dramatic end gives Dutch women short track relay bronze and a new record

The Dutch women celebrate their Olympic record time. Photo: AP Photo/David J. Phillip

A dramatic end to the women’s short-track 3,000 metre relay event left the Dutch women with the bronze medal and a new Olympic record, despite not making the final.

The Dutch women won the B final, for the four teams who had failed to make the main event, but were promoted to bronze medal position after Canada and China were disqualified from their final.

The team of Jorien ter Mors, Yara van Kerkhof, Suzanne Schulting and Lara van Ruijven, watching from the sidelines, were taken completely by surprise with their win.

Defending champions South Korea won the gold medal while Italy took silver.

The medal is only the fourth Dutch short track skating Olympic medal, and the third of these games.

Elsewhere there was disappointment for Sjinkie Knegt who was disqualified in the men’s 500 metres. Knegt, who had high hopes of several medals before the games, did win silver in the 1,500 metres last week. But he was also disqualified in the 1,000 metres, as was the men’s relay team.