Jorrit Bergsma wins gold in men's 10,000m speed skate
Dutch team sweeps podium
Jorrit Bergsma of the Netherlands won the gold medal in the men's 10,000-metre speed skating race at the Sochi 2014 Olympics on Tuesday. Bergsma set a new Olympic record of 12 minutes, 44.45 seconds.
Bergsma won the bronze medal in the men's 5,000-metre race earlier in the games.
Teammate Sven Kramer hoped to win gold in an act of redemption for being disqualified from winning gold in the Vancouver 2010 games, thanks to an illegal lane change. Instead, Kramer was unable to maintain his pace and had to settle for a silver medal, 4.57 seconds back from Bergsma.
"Sven for a long time matched my (lap) times," said Bergsma. "I knew my finish was pretty fast. I knew I had a fast time. But he kept matching me for a long time. And then I realized he couldn't hold on to those laps."
Kramer had set a new Olympic record on the way to a gold medal in the men's 5,000m.But his ambition to make up for the Vancouver failure has gone unsatisfied.
Completing the sweep and winning bronze was Bob de Jong, a 37-year-old veteran of the sport, who finished in 13:07.19, having lapped German Alexej Baumgaertner partway through their pairing.
The result is the fourth podium sweep at the Sochi 2014 Olympics, by the Dutch who now have more medals than any other country, a total of 20. Prior to Sochi, there have been just six Olympic podium sweeps in the history of speed skating.
Seung Hoon Lee was the top rival to the Dutch team coming into the race, but in his skate against Kramer, Lee finished 27.23 back from the leader, nearly five seconds from a podium spot.
The Dutch last swept the marathon event in the Nagano 1998 Olympics.
No Canadians qualified to race the distance, the longest event in the Olympic speed skating program.