Sochi: USA's Shani Davis falls short in bid for Olympic record

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Sochi: USA's Shani Davis falls short in bid for Olympic record
February 12, 2014, 10:00 am
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Tony Andracki

Shani Davis' bid for Olympic history came up short in Sochi.

The 31-year-old Chicagoan could have set a record by claiming gold in the same event in three straight Winter Olympics, but couldn't pull it off, placing eighth in the men's 1,000 meter speed-skating event.

[See Shani Davis prepare for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games]

Davis had previously won the event in 2010 and 2006. He finished with a time of 1:09.12.

Fellow Chicagoan Brian Hansen, a 23-year-old native of Glenview who grew up idolizing Davis, placed ninth with a time of 1:09.21. Davis beat Hansen by one-hundreth of a second in the 1,000 during the U.S. trials.

[Take a look back at Brian Hansen’s road to Sochi]

Hansen won a silver medal in the team pursuit in 2010. The two Olympians train together back in the states.

Stefan Groothuis (1:08.39) of the Netherlands took gold, Denny Morrison (1:08.43) of Canada took silver and Netherlands' Michel Mulder (1:08.74) took bronze. Check out the complete Top 10 standings:

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