=== Italy's Fabris wins 1,500m for third Torino medal ===
Torino, Italy (Sports Network) - Italy is having a good Olympics anyway. But
this guy is making it special.
Just 10 days after he won Italy's first Olympic medal in speedskating, Enrico
Fabris added medal No. 3 to his take at the Torino Games by winning the men's
1,500 meters on Tuesday.
Fabris skated to the lead with a time of one minute, 45.97 seconds and then
watched as four pairs of skaters were unable to match it. Among them were three
Americans, including world record holder Chad Hedrick and 1,000m gold medalist
Davis skated in the last pair and finished in silver medal position, 0.16
seconds behind Fabris. Hedrick, who won the 5,000m when Fabris took bronze for
Italy's first speedskating medal, finished 9/100ths of a second further back
for the bronze.
Fabris started slow but finished strong, making up 0.84 seconds on his final
lap to take the lead.
"Like always it was a slow start because I am not a sprinter," Fabris said,
"but lap after lap, I pushed harder to try and maintain the same speed."
Several skaters took a run at Fabris' time in the next two pairings, but the
real threats didn't come until the final four skaters.
Hedrick skated in the second-to-last pairing and was 1.16 seconds better than
Fabris' time after 700 meters. But the world record holder's pace steadily
slowed until he was 0.25 adrift of the lead at the finish line.
"I never expected to finish second or third. I always skate to win," Hedrick
said. "Today it didn't happen for me."
A little anxious, Davis false started in the final pair. He was 1.51 seconds
better than Fabris after 700 meters, lost 0.23 on his next split, and then fell
off more than a second to finish as the runner-up.
Each time his lead held up, Fabris threw his arms in the air to celebrate. He
sported an orange crown afterwards.
"I received it from the village where I come from," Fabris said, "because
today, without any arrogance, I'm the king of Italy."
King, no. But a success here, yes.
The 24-year-old Fabris has played a role in winning three of Italy's nine
medals, including half of its four golds. In addition to his individual bronze,
he was a member of the men's championship pursuit team.
After Tuesday's gold, Fabris was especially proud of besting Hedrick and Davis.
"I have beaten two of the best skaters in the world," he said.
American Joey Cheek placed ninth in Tuesday's race, 1.55 seconds off Fabris'
winning pace. Cheek was the 500m gold medalist and 1,000m silver medalist here.
Another American, Derek Parra, the Olympic record holder and a gold medal
winner in the 1,500m four years ago, placed 19th out of 41 skaters.
The Netherlands placed two skaters in the top-10: Simon Kuipers in fourth and
Erben Wennemars in fifth. Kuipers' time was 0.36 slower than Hedrick's.
02/21 13:51:14 ET