Orange crush: Dutch dominate on ice
The Netherlands claimed its 22nd speedskating medal of the Sochi Olympics on Saturday, beating South Korea in the final of men's team pursuit with an Olympic record time.
The Koreans actually led early in the eight-lap race and were down by only 0.38 seconds at the midway point.
But the Dutch team of Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen and Koen Verweij simply had too depth and stamina for the Koreans, pulling away to win with a time of 3 minutes, 37.71 seconds. That broke the previous Olympic record of 3:39.95 set by the Dutch in the bronze-medal race at the Vancouver Olympics.
The Netherlands won its first Olympic title in pursuit after falling short with heavily favoured teams in 2006 and 2010.
Poland took the bronze, rallying to beat Canada.
Comments on this story are pre-moderated. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.
Read more 2014 Sochi Games articles
- Vernon's Josh Dueck named flag-bearer Mar 16
- Josh Dueck wins Canada's third gold Mar 14
- Canada gets first gold at Paralympics Mar 10
- Vernon's Gaudet to carry Paralympic flag Mar 5
- Olympic focus shifts to South Korea Feb 24
- Rockets come up big at Olympics Feb 23
- Russia closes costliest Olympics ever Feb 23
- Steve Yzerman to leave Team Canada Feb 23
(Click for RSS instructions.)