17-year-old Emery Lehman claims second race at Sochi Olympics

Emery Lehman was about 4 seconds behind with three laps to go but was able to close the gap.
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KEARNS, Utah (AP) - With a powerful finishing kick, 17-year-old Emery Lehman claimed a second race at the Sochi Olympics by knocking off Jonathan Kuck in a thrilling 10,000 meters at the U.S. speedskating trials Wednesday.

Lehman was about 4 seconds behind with three laps to go, but he turned on the speed and began closing the gap. As the bell rang for the final lap, Lehman surged to the lead from the inside lane.

The skaters switched over on the backstretch and Kuck surged to the front coming off the final turn. But Lehman, with a hand on one knee and the other arm swinging furiously, chased down Kuck and stuck his right blade over the line, winning by 0.07 seconds in a grueling race that took more than 13 minutes.

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