Men's 5000m speed skating medal event: Netherlands dominate signature event

Quinn Rooney

It's a 1-2-3 finish for the Netherlands.

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The Netherlands have a storied history in speed skating and a new chapter was added on Saturday with a dominant performance in the Men's 5000m event. Sven Kramer took home the gold with a new Olympic record of 6:10.76, while fellow countrymen Jan Blokhuijsen and Jorrit Bergsma took home the silver and bronze, respectively.

Pressure was on Kramer following a campaign in Vancouver in 2010 when he took home the gold in this event but was disqualified in the 10,000m for a lane change violation. He had been the focus of media attention in Holland leading up to Sochi, and medaling in his first event will get the monkey off his back -- for now.

Team USA failed to make the podium with a trio of skaters who were unable to post fast times. The best finish came from Emery Lehman, who posted a time of 6:29.94 -- good for 15th. The short track boasts the country's best chances at winning a medal, which will take place beginning on Monday.

Place Country Name Time
Gold NED Sven Kramer 6:10.76
Silver NED Jan Blokhuijsen 6:15.71
Bronze NED Jorritt Bergsma 6:16.66
4 BEL Bart Swings 6:17.79
5 NOR Sverre Lunde Pedersen 6:18.84
6 RUS Denis Yuskov 6:19.51
7 RUS Ivan Skobrev 6:19.83
8 GER Patrick Beckert 6:21.18
9 NOR Harvard Bokko 6:22.83
10 GER Moritz Geistreiter 6:24.79

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