Dutch post Olympic record, grab gold in men's pursuit

The Sports NetworkFebruary 22, 2014 

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - The Netherlands continued to rack up speed skating medals at the Sochi Olympics, grabbing gold on Saturday in the men's team pursuit behind a record effort.

The decorated Dutch trio of Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer and Koen Verweij finished the 16-lap race with an Olympic record time of 3 minutes and 37.71 seconds.

It was a back-and-forth race early on before the Netherlands made its move in the seventh lap and never trailed again. The Dutch continued to build their lead, going up by more than a second by the 11th lap and eventually crossing the finish line 3.14 seconds ahead of South Korea for the gold.

Kramer won his second gold of the Sochi Olympics, winning the men's 5,000 meters while also taking silver in the 10,000m.

The Netherlands have won five of the six gold medals awarded in men's speedskating here in Sochi.

South Korea claimed its spot in the gold medal race by edging defending Olympic champion Canada in the first semifinal.

Poland defeated Canada by 2.33 seconds to claim the bronze medal, trailing through the first 13 laps before the trio of Zbigniew Brodka, Konrad Niedzwiedzki and Jan Szymanski pulled ahead to win comfortably.

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