Sven Kramer Wins 5000m Gold Medal at 2018 Winter Olympics

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2018

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11:  Sven Kramer of the Netherlands celebrates his time during the Men's 5000m Speed Skating event on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Sven Kramer of the Netherlands became the most decorated racer in speedskating history on Sunday when he clinched gold in the men's 5,000-metre final with an Olympic record-breaking time of six minutes and 9.76 seconds on Sunday.

The Dutch dynamo added the eighth overall medal to his Winter Olympics trophy cabinet and his third successive gold in this event following wins at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014.

As well as taking his overall medal tally up at the Winter Olympics, Kramer also wrote a piece of Games history thanks to his win, per Gracenote Sports:

Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemen took home the silver and Sverre Lunde Pedersen grabbed bronze on behalf of Norway, with both ending 1.85 seconds off the winning pace set by Kramer, per Australian broadcaster 7Olympics:

Here's an updated look at the overall medal table at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea:

Japanese racer Seitaro Ichinohe staked an early claim on the gold medal with his early run time of six minutes and 16.55 seconds, but it wasn't long before the Olympic debutant was knocked from the top.

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In fact, the prediction put forward by statistician Simon Gleave prior to the final getting underway suggested that wouldn't be sufficient to notch the victory:

Korea took over at the summit thanks to the pace of Seung-Hoon Lee while Belgium's Bart Swings moved into second with a time just 42 milliseconds off the then-gold standard.

Bob De Vries of the Netherlands had a disappointing run at six minutes and 22.26 seconds, meaning the Dutch wouldn't be able to complete the podium clean sweep some were expecting.

Countryman Jan Blokhuijsen fared better but tired late in his attempt and could only cut in at fourth, while New Zealand's Peter Michael bided his time to steal in late and snatch the lead by eight milliseconds.

The elite really emerged when world-record holder Bloemen chased back late to finish neck and neck with Norway's Pedersen, the latter found to be two-thousandths of a second slower after the replay.

Bloemen's time of 6:11.616 wasn't anywhere near sufficient for the Canadian to challenge his own world record, but as sports writer Kristina Rutherford illustrated, it was just about good enough for top spot:

But then came Kramer's turn alongside Germany's Patrick Beckert, and winter sports blogger Ken Childs detailed how the latter picked up his speed incredibly as the race wore on:

A slow, pace-setting rhythm put the dominant Dutch star in stead for a composed run at the top of the leaderboard, and Kramer pulled his run off to perfection with a new Olympic record to boot, breaking his own previous best.

Kramer helped the Netherlands win the team pursuit at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and will look to match that achievement later on in these Pyeongchang Games.