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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russians Claim 500 as Jansen Slips

HAMAR, Norway -- Russians Alexander Golubev and Sergei Klevchenya, both breaking the Olympic record, won the top two medals in men's 500-meter speedskating Monday as world record-holder Dan Jansen slipped.


The race continued an Olympic jinx for Jansen, an American who is the only man to skate faster than 36 seconds in the 500. He finished eighth in 36.68.


In the 1988 Games, after the death of his sister, he fell twice. He suffered two more letdowns in 1992. His last chance here comes in the 1,000 meters on Friday.


Golubev won in 36.33, followed by Klevchenya in 36.39. Both broke the Olympic mark of 36.45 set by Uwe-Jens Mey of the former East Germany in Calgary in 1988. Japan's Manabu Horii, the bronze medalist in 36.53, led an Asian sweep of the next four places.


Jansen, whose best Olympic finish is a fourth in the 500 in 1984 and again in 1992, slipped on the home turn, brushing his hand against the ice.


"It's a bit of a shock to me," Jansen said. "I'm not making excuses, but it's not a place I've slipped before. Maybe it just wasn't meant to be."


Besides Russia, Germany and Norway reaped golds on Monday.


Germany's Georg Hackl became the first solo luger to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals, while in Thomas Alsgaard, a bright new Norwegian cross-country star was born.


While vying athletes celebrated or raged on Lillehammer's ice and snow, IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch headed for a real war zone -- Sarajevo, the shattered site of the 1984 Winter Games. During his visit to Bosnia, Samaranch wants "to renew the call for the 'Olympic Truce,'" the International Olympic Committee said.


On the third day of the Games, the first gold medal went to Hackl, 27, a Bavarian who began sledding at age 10. Supporters hoisted him on their shoulders as his rival -- Austria's Markus Prock -- faded by a breath on the last of four runs in the two-day men's single event.


The German's margin of victory was the equivalent of 32.5 centimeters.


Despite a brush with the wall on his third run, Italy's Armin Zoggeler took the bronze, .262 of a second behind Hackl. Zoggeler's bronze medal was assured when his main challenger, Duncan Kennedy of the United States, crashed in the third run.


In the men's 30-kilometer freestyle, the 22-year-old Alsgaard left the starting line as an Olympic novice and finished a star, beating one of the favorites -- countryman Bjorn Dahlie -- for the gold. Dahlie, triple gold medalist at Albertville two years ago, took silver. Bronze went to Finland's Mika Myllyla.


Host Norway, which already has won two gold and three silver medals to lead the Lillehammer medal race, was given new hope for an Alpine victory as Lasse Kjus took Monday's downhill portion of the men's combined. He edged Americans Kyle Rasmussen and Tommy Moe, gold medalist in Sunday's downhill.