Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands leads at the midway point of the men’s 1,000-meter speedskating at the Adler Arena Skating Center in Sochi. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

After  20 of 40 competitors have raced, Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands leads the men’s 1,000-meter speedskating event at Sochi’s Adler Arena Wednesday, with a time of 1 minute, 09.29 seconds.

Houston native Jonathan Garcia, 27, a former inline skater, stands 11th (1:10.74).

The strongest skaters compete last.

American Joey Mantia, 28, also a former inline skater, goes out in the 15th pair.

Shani Davis, the two-time defending Olympic champion in this event, is in the 18th pair.

Davis, 31, is attempting to make history as the first male speedskater to win the same event at three consecutive Olympics.