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            === 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
 Shani Davis.
 
 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