Topic: 2014 Winter Olympics
- Speedskating: Wust Wins 3rd Olympic Gold, Graf Brings Russia First Medal
- China’s Zhang Wins Speedskating Gold in Women's 1,000m
- Speedskating: Dutch Dominance Continues With 1,000m Gold in Sochi
- Speedskating: Lee Retains Olympic 500-Meter Title; Silver for Fatkulina
SOCHI, February 13 (R-Sport) — Czech speedskater Martina Sablikova is to skip the Olympic 1,500m event in Sochi on Sunday, a spokesman for her team said Thursday.
Sablikova is the 3,000m Vancouver champion but claimed the silver this time around behind Dutch superstar Ireen Wust last Sunday.
To prevent injury, Sablikova has resolved to focus on defending her 5,000m title later in the Games instead of attempting the 1,500m. R-Sport understands Sablikova is carrying a groin problem.
"She will not compete in the 1,500m because she wants to prevent herself from getting injured before the 5,000m. She wants to rest and relax," Czech team spokesman Alexandr Kliment said.
Sablikova, 26, was a medal shot for the 1,500m, having taken the bronze four years ago.
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