Winter Olympics 2018: Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer races to third straight 5,000 meters gold

Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer roared to a third straight Olympic title in the men's 5,000 metres Sunday as the hot favourite comfortably held off Canada's Ted-Jan Bloemen.

AFP February 11, 2018 17:52:54 IST
Winter Olympics 2018: Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer races to third straight 5,000 meters gold

Pyeongchang: Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer roared to a third straight Olympic title in the men's 5,000 metres Sunday as the hot favourite comfortably held off Canada's Ted-Jan Bloemen.

Winter Olympics 2018 Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer races to third straight 5000 meters gold

Sven Kramer of the Netherlands gestures on the podium after winning a gold medal. Reuters

Victory in Pyeongchang made Kramer the first man to win three Olympic gold medals in a specific skating event.

The 31-year-old clocked a winning time of six minutes, 9.76 seconds with Bloeman and Norway's Sverre Lunde Pedersen having to be separated by a photo finish behind him.

Kramer's pet event had been his to lose in South Korea as the Dutchman has utterly dominated the distance, winning the 5,000m at the last four world championships.

Bloemen finished in 6:11.616 to take silver, two hundredths quicker than bronze medallist Pedersen.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Games should be held next year 'at any cost', says Japan's Olympic minister
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Games should be held next year 'at any cost', says Japan's Olympic minister

Japan's borders are still largely closed to foreign visitors and a vaccine is months or even years away, feeding speculation about whether the Games are feasible at all.

Sports Ministry extends contracts of nine foreign coaches, including High Performance Director for Athletics
Sports

Sports Ministry extends contracts of nine foreign coaches, including High Performance Director for Athletics

This decision was taken by the ministry with a focus on the 2024 and 2028 Olympics, and to ensure Olympic-bound athletes are able to train consistently with one coach and work on improving their performance.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Games will go ahead 'with or without COVID-19', says IOC vice-president John Coates
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Games will go ahead 'with or without COVID-19', says IOC vice-president John Coates

The Olympics have never been cancelled outside of the World Wars. IOC vice-president Coates is adamant that the Tokyo Games will start on their revised date of 23 July, 2021.