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Olympic Speedskating 2014: Live Results and Analysis of Team Pursuit

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Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2014

The Dutch speedskating team capped off two weeks of long-track dominance on Saturday, capturing gold in both the men's and women's team pursuit events at the Adler Arena Skating Center in Sochi

And it wasn't enough to just win. They had to do it in Olympic record fashion.

In the men's final, Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer and Koen Verweij easily held off a surprisingly strong challenge from a game but overmatched Korean squad, and they did so in an Olympic-record time of 3:37.41.

Korea was forced to settle for the silver, and Poland captured bronze by defeating Canada in the men's B Final earlier in the day. 

In the women's final, Ireen Wust, Jorien Ter Mors and Marrit Leenstra ran away from a Polish team that must've been wondering what hit them.

The Dutch captured gold in an Olympic-record time of 2:58.05, while Poland, who finished more than seven seconds back, had to settle for silver. The bronze went to Russia, who defeated Japan in the B Final.

With her gold in the team pursuit, Wust ties a Winter Olympics record with five medals in the Sochi Games. 

Overall, the Dutch team finished the 2014 Games with an astonishing 23 of the 32 medals awarded on the long-track.  

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