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Speed Skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Adler-Arena, Coastal Cluster, Adler
Date Started: February 8, 2014
Date Finished: February 8, 2014

Gold: NED Sven Kramer
Silver: NED Jan Blokhuijsen
Bronze: NED Jorrit Bergsma

Summary

Since his Olympic title in Vancouver, Sven Kramer had skipped the 2011 season due to injury, but had won his 4th and 5th world title at this distance in 2012 and 2013. In the 2013-2014 season, Kramer had won all 5,000 m races he contested, including two World Cup races. Kramer's biggest competitor seemed to be teammate Jorrit Bergsma, silver medalist at the 2013 World Championships and winner of the third 5,000 m World Cup race in the running season. The 2011 World Champion Bob de Jong had missed the Dutch team, but his "replacement" Jan Blokhuijsen had placed second in the most recent World Cup. Outside of the Dutch team, 2010 medallists [Lee Seung-Hun] and Ivan Skobrev were still highly considered, while the Belgian inline convert Bart Swings was considered to have a shot at a medal as well.

The first top favorite to hit the ice, Sven Kramer battered the leading time of Denis Yuskov. In a stable race, he beat his own track record and the Olympic Record by four seconds\: 6:10.76. This time seemed unapproachable, but Bergsma made a brave attempt. Staying within reach of Kramer's time until 3,800 m, he lost pace in the remaining laps, landing at 6:16.66. Blokhuijsen and Swings, in pair 12, started a little more carefully. At 3,400 m, Swings had to let Blokhuijsen go, who overtook Bergsma's time at the bell. His 6:15.71 earned him a silver medal, while Swings ended just outside of the medals. The Dutch medal sweep was the first ever in the 5,000 m, and only the second in Olympic history for the Netherlands (the first was in the men's 10,000 m in 1998).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1 Sven Kramer 27 Netherlands NED Gold 6:10.76 18.60 47.64 1:16.77 1:45.92 2:15.48 2:44.77 3:13.98 3:43.10 4:12.40 4:41.81 5:11.31 5:40.92 OR
2 Jan Blokhuijsen 24 Netherlands NED Silver 6:15.71 17.95 46.98 1:16.48 1:45.79 2:15.09 2:44.59 3:14.14 3:43.94 4:13.78 4:43.98 5:14.03 5:44.61
3 Jorrit Bergsma 28 Netherlands NED Bronze 6:16.66 18.95 47.67 1:16.61 1:45.61 2:14.78 2:44.13 3:13.70 3:43.48 4:13.28 4:43.26 5:13.93 5:45.03
4 Bart Swings 22 Belgium BEL 6:17.79 18.38 46.63 1:15.61 1:45.23 2:14.69 2:44.36 3:14.14 3:43.98 4:14.16 4:44.35 5:15.08 5:46.15
5 Sverre Lunde Pedersen 21 Norway NOR 6:18.84 18.93 48.40 1:18.23 1:48.33 2:18.23 2:48.30 3:18.48 3:48.62 4:18.49 4:48.35 5:18.28 5:48.40
6 Denis Yuskov 24 Russia RUS 6:19.51 18.44 47.41 1:16.19 1:44.75 2:13.71 2:42.94 3:12.63 3:42.61 4:12.81 4:43.79 5:15.39 5:47.20
7 Ivan Skobrev 30 Russia RUS 6:19.83 18.83 48.03 1:17.80 1:47.89 2:18.14 2:47.97 3:17.54 3:47.34 4:17.27 4:47.32 5:17.85 5:48.59
8 Patrick Beckert 23 Germany GER 6:21.18 19.08 48.31 1:18.24 1:48.39 2:18.45 2:48.68 3:18.55 3:48.81 4:19.11 4:49.51 5:19.90 5:50.30
9 Håvard Bøkko 27 Norway NOR 6:22.83 18.85 48.25 1:18.10 1:48.23 2:18.48 2:48.53 3:19.08 3:49.50 4:19.99 4:50.29 5:21.04 5:51.82
10 Moritz Geisreiter 26 Germany GER 6:24.79 19.26 48.21 1:17.92 1:48.34 2:18.31 2:48.45 3:18.91 3:49.81 4:20.25 4:51.02 5:22.20 5:53.56
11 Aleksandr Rumyantsev 27 Russia RUS 6:24.93 19.61 49.28 1:19.13 1:49.08 2:19.33 2:49.36 3:19.40 3:49.22 4:19.27 4:49.66 5:20.49 5:52.13
12 Lee Seung-Hun 25 South Korea KOR 6:25.61 19.19 48.85 1:18.87 1:48.58 2:18.60 2:48.46 3:18.42 3:48.46 4:19.05 4:49.76 5:21.25 5:52.98
13 Jan Szymanski 24 Poland POL 6:26.35 18.43 47.89 1:18.45 1:48.54 2:18.92 2:49.55 3:19.97 3:50.08 4:20.25 4:50.98 5:22.49 5:54.32
14 Shane Dobbin 34 New Zealand NZL 6:26.90 19.29 48.92 1:19.42 1:50.29 2:21.16 2:51.85 3:22.59 3:53.28 4:23.80 4:54.48 5:25.32 5:56.15
15 Dmitry Babenko 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 6:28.26 18.22 47.74 1:17.92 1:48.18 2:18.46 2:48.84 3:19.30 3:50.11 4:20.32 4:51.37 5:22.83 5:55.35
16 Emery Lehman 17 United States USA 6:29.94 19.31 49.14 1:19.59 1:50.22 2:20.99 2:51.71 3:22.29 3:53.13 4:23.87 4:55.02 5:26.44 5:58.35
17 Andrea Giovannini 20 Italy ITA 6:30.84 19.01 49.03 1:19.35 1:50.42 2:21.59 2:52.18 3:22.75 3:53.37 4:24.60 4:56.00 5:28.01 5:59.50
18 Ewen Fernandez 24 France FRA 6:31.08 18.72 48.48 1:18.63 1:49.56 2:20.73 2:52.00 3:22.87 3:53.89 4:24.95 4:56.56 5:28.24 5:59.74
19 Jonathan Kuck 23 United States USA 6:31.53 19.44 49.24 1:19.57 1:49.59 2:19.73 2:50.10 3:20.88 3:51.91 4:23.27 4:55.16 5:27.10 5:59.07
20 Patrick Meek 28 United States USA 6:32.94 19.78 49.55 1:19.24 1:49.23 2:19.42 2:49.99 3:20.54 3:51.32 4:22.71 4:54.45 5:26.56 5:59.31
21 Alexej Baumgärtner 25 Germany GER 6:34.34 19.37 49.73 1:20.36 1:51.17 2:21.81 2:52.81 3:23.88 3:55.12 4:26.50 4:58.19 5:30.01 6:02.19
22 Mathieu Giroux 28 Canada CAN 6:35.77 18.87 48.51 1:18.72 1:49.34 2:20.15 2:51.29 3:22.68 3:54.35 4:26.01 4:57.95 5:30.30 6:03.00
23 Sebastian Druszkiewicz 27 Poland POL 6:37.16 19.63 50.11 1:20.54 1:51.17 2:21.85 2:52.75 3:23.91 3:55.31 4:26.94 4:59.21 5:31.51 6:04.33
24 Kim Cheol-Min 21 South Korea KOR 6:37.28 20.00 51.85 1:25.01 1:59.09 2:32.70 3:05.33 3:38.08 4:09.61 4:39.83 5:08.65 5:37.51 6:06.93
25 Simen Spieler Nilsen 20 Norway NOR 6:42.47 19.04 50.02 1:21.04 1:51.53 2:22.49 2:53.51 3:24.79 3:56.41 4:28.62 5:01.39 5:34.80 6:08.44
26 Shane Williamson 18 Japan JPN 6:42.88 20.05 51.73 1:24.61 1:58.35 2:31.73 3:04.27 3:36.66 4:08.72 4:39.50 5:09.77 5:40.03 6:11.33