Olympic speedskating got off to a fast start on Saturday afternoon in Sochi, with the Dutch team snagging all three spots on the podium in the men's 5,000-meter race.
Sven Kramer, as expected, captured his second Olympic gold with a tremendous individual performance. His pace—without a single lap above 30 seconds—was just too fast for the competition to keep up, and he ran away from the rest of the field.
His Dutch compatriot Jan Blokhuijsen, who captured silver and finished nearly a full five seconds behind Kramer, joined him on the podium.
Jorrit Bergsma, who entered the race as a dark horse contender to unseat Kramer, took home bronze, completing the clean sweep for the Netherlands.
Early in the competition, it appeared that the host nation Russia would be in good position to secure their first medal of the Games.
Denis Yuskov set a blistering early pace, but it didn't hold up and he finished the event in sixth-place.
For the United States, the competition was a day to forget. The Americans' top finisher was 17-year-old Emery Lehman, and he only ended up in 16th place, more than 13 seconds off the podium.
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