U.S. upset Dutch men, Canadian women in team pursuit

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By Larry Fine

The Canadian world-record holders, featuring 1,000 meters champion Christine Nesbitt and double medalist Kristina Groves, lost their three-skater quarter-final against the United States by a scant five-hundredths of a second.

Canada were joined on the upset heap by the Dutch women, who were eliminated by Germany in their quarter-final of the 2,400m, six-lap race.

It soon became a double dose of disappointment for the Dutch when 5,000m champion Kramer and his two partners were beaten in the men's semi-finals by a U.S. trio led by 1,000m bronze medalist Chad Hedrick.

"I'm very disappointed," Kramer told reporters after the eight-lap race. "I had other expectations when I came here."

Kramer, 23, lost a certain gold in the 10,000m when he was disqualified for changing to the wrong lane late in the race.

The Americans beat the world record-holding Dutch by four-tenths of a second to set up a gold medal final against Canada's men who beat Norway in their semi.

The U.S-Canada women's race came down to the wire.

"I had no idea we had won," American Nancy Swider-Peltz said. "With all the loud cheering I thought we were way behind."

The U.S. women will race against Germany while Japan and Poland meet in Saturday's other semi-final. Japan beat South Korea and Poland defeated Russia in the quarters.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)