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SOCHI, Russia — Sven Kramer stayed in the right lane this time.
No matter. He was again denied a gold medal in the speedskating race he wanted more than any other.
With a stunner of a finishing kick, Jorrit Bergsma knocked off the world’s greatest distance skater, winning the 10,000 meters with an Olympic-record time on Tuesday.
“I’m still dazed,” Bergsma said.
Kramer gave away a sure gold in speedskating’s longest event with an inexplicable mistake while changing lanes at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
This time, he simply got beat by — almost inevitably at the Sochi Games — a fellow Dutchman.
Bergsma turned in the fastest sea-level time ever, 12 minutes, 44.45 seconds, and shattered the Olympic record of 12:58.55 set by South Korea’s Lee Seung-hoon four years ago.
While the order of finish didn’t go as expected, the guys on the podium were no surprise at all.
It was another orange sweep, the fourth 1-2-3 finish for the Netherlands at Adler Arena, its speedskating medal haul climbing to 19 out of a possible 27.
“I was doing 29-second laps and was able to hold on to those late in the race,” Bergsma said. “We fought really hard for this.”
For Kramer, it was another bitter disappointment.
Sure, he already had captured his second straight 5,000 gold, but he really wanted to make up for the 10,000 victory that got away four years ago. During a routine crossover on the backstretch, Kramer’s coach, Gerard Kemkers, inexplicably directed him to the wrong lane. The skater dutifully followed the instructions, leading to a disqualification. Lee took the gold, even though his time was 4 seconds slower than Kramer‘s.
“Now he has lost the gold medal twice, four years ago and now,” said another of Kramer’s coaches, Geert Kuiper.
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