Dutch Speedskaters Continue to Rack Up Medals at Sochi Olympics

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffFebruary 18, 2014

With a podium sweep in the men's 10,000 meter race on Tuesday, the Netherlands continued to dominate the speedskating competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.

In taking the gold, Jorrit Bergsma recorded the fastest sea-level time in the history of the event, with a mark of 12 minutes, 44.45 seconds. He also broke the Olympic record of 12 minutes, 58.55 seconds, previously held by South Korea's Lee Seung-hoon, Tuesday's fourth-place finisher.

Meanwhile, Sven Kramer—who entered Tuesday's race as an event favorite—placed second, with 37-year-old Bob De Jong earning a bronze medal to complete the Dutch sweep.

Of the 27 medals awarded in speedskating at Sochi thus far, Dutch athletes have racked up a staggering total of 19, topping the previous record of 13 set by East Germany in 1988.

Overall, the Netherlands have earned six gold, six silver and seven bronze speedskating medals in Sochi, with no other country earning more than two medals in the sport in the process.

Tuesday's medal sweep was the 10th in Olympic speedskating history—and the fourth one turned in by Dutch skaters in Sochi—with the next scheduled speedskating event being the women's 5,000 meter race on Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

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