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In his final Olympic event, Joey Mantia missed a medal — by 0.002 seconds

BEIJING — In the moment before Joey Mantia crossed the finish line in the men’s speedskating mass start final Saturday, he peeked down at his right blade and could see he was a hair in front of South Korea’s Lee Seung-hoon. The two were jostling for a bronze medal at the end of an exhausting race that had lasted almost eight minutes and spanned nearly four miles, but now they were inches apart, and Mantia could feel a hand on his arm.
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