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22 Feb 2014
Sochi 2014 , IOC News , Speed skating

Flying Dutchmen break Olympic record to claim gold in team pursuit

The Dutch trio of Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer and Koen Verweij stormed to gold in the men’s pursuit at the Adler Arena, finishing over three seconds clear of the Korean team in the A Final, to set a new Olympic record time of 3 minutes 37.71 seconds.

The latest triumph for the Dutch speed skaters underlined their dominance of the speed skating events at Sochi 2014, taking their medal count at the Adler Arena to 22.

The electric pace of the Dutch was simply too hot for the Korean trio, whose silver represented a first men’s speed skating medal for their team in Sochi 2014.

By contrast the Dutch team had between them already claimed one gold (Kramer in the 5,000m) and three silvers (Kramer in the the 10,000m, Verweij in the 1,500m and Blokhuijsen in the 5,000m) in the individual events.

In the B Final, Poland (Zbigniew Brodka, Konrad Niedzwiedzki and Jan Szymanski) beat defending champions Canada to take the bronze.

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