Martina Sablikova, Czech speed skater, defends 5,000m gold
Canadian Ivanie Blondin finishes 14th
Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic defended her gold medal in the women's 5,000-metre speed skating event on Wednesday in Sochi.
Canadian Ivanie Blondin finished in 14th place with a time of 7:20.10
Sablikova's finish in 6:50.92 was also good enough to set a track record at Adler Arena. She adds this to her gold from the 2010 Vancouver games. She's also the world record holder for the 5,000, with a best time of 6:45.61.
Though she was able to maintain her stronghold over the 5,000 event, there was no denying the Dutch. The skaters from the Netherlands continue to make their mark on the ice at Sochi.
Ireen Wust, 6:54.28 and Carien Kleibeuker, 6:55.66 rounded out the rest of the podium with a silver and bronze respectively.Their medals add to the Olympic leading total for the Dutch with 24.
Wust, who actually went head to head with Sablikova on Wednesday, now has four medals in Sochi, a gold for the 3,000 and a silver in each of the 1,000 and 1,500 races.