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.

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