Olympic Speedskating 2014: Live Results, Analysis of Women's 5,000 Meters

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Olympic Speedskating 2014: Live Results, Analysis of Women's 5,000 Meters
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The Czechs finally got the better of the Dutch on the long-track.

Martina Sablikova successfully defended her gold medal on the big oval at the Adler Arena Skating Center on Wednesday afternoon, holding off Ireen Wust to capture the women's 5,000-meter competition.

Paired with Wust, Sablikova skated a smart, measured race, overtaking her Dutch partner in the final 1,200 meters to finish with a final time of 6:51.54.

It was her second consecutive gold in the 5,000 meters, having also won this competition in Vancouver.

Wust, who defeated Sablikova last week in the 3,000 meters, came out of the blocks and set a blistering early pace. But she faded badly down the stretch, finishing with a time of 6:54.28 and a silver medal.

The silver was Wust's fourth of the Sochi Games and her seventh overall Olympic medal. 

Carien Kleibeuker gave the Dutch two of the three spots on the podium, as she captured the bronze medal.

With its two medals today, the Dutch team has now captured 21 of the 30 medals awarded on the long-track in these Games.

 

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