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Japan’s Kodaira wins gold in women’s 500m speedskating

Defending champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea settled for silver, while Karolina Erbanova of the Czech Republic won the bronze medal.

Kodaira, the reigning world champion who has dominated the distance over the past seasons, shaved 0.34 seconds off the previous record set by Lee at the Sochi Games four years ago and is the first woman to finish the race in under 37 seconds at sea level.

The Japanese spoke to Lee after the race and the two skaters raised the Korean and Japanese flags together.

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