Poland's Zbigniew Brodka narrowly beat out Dutchman Koen Verweij on Saturday to capture gold in men's 1,500-meter speed skating at the Sochi Olympics.

Brodka completed the distance in a time of 1:45.006 at the Adler Arena Skating Center, just three-thousandths of a second ahead of Verweij.

Canada's Denny Morrison took home the bronze with a time of 1:45.22, while 2010 Olympic gold medalist Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands finished fifth.

Brodka's gold was the fourth for Poland at the 2014 Winter Games and the country's first-ever Olympic gold medal in speed skating, a sport that dates back to the first Winter Games in 1924 in Chamonix, France.

In short-track speed skating, Russia's Viktor Ahn won gold in the men's 1,000 meters Saturday with a time of 1:25.325, just ahead of countryman Vladimir Grigorev, who posted a time of 1:25.399 at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

The bronze medal went to Dutchman Sjinkie Knegt, who completed the distance in 1:25.611.

Ahn earned Russia's first ever Olympic gold in short-track speed skating, which has been dominated by South Korea, China, Canada and the United States since it became an Olympic sport in 1992. EFE