Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Canadian speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen wins gold medal in 10000 metres

Canadian speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen wins gold medal in 10000 metres

Canada's Ted-Jan Bloemen posted an Olympic record time to win the men's 10,000 metres speed skating gold medal here at Pyeongchang 2018 today. But the race did not go as expected for the Netherlands.

Ramping up the tension, Bloemen - the current world record holder over the distance - lowered the Olympic benchmark even further, with a time of 12.39.11 in the penultimate heat. The Netherlands-born Canadian was 2.21 seconds ahead of Bergsma, and 14.55 ahead of bronze victor Nicola Tumolero of Italy. The Dutchman, who has yet to win an Olympic 10,000, was looking to sweep the men's long-distance events after winning his third straight Olympic 5,000 on Sunday.

The medal is Bloemen's second of the games in his Olympic debut.

Canada's Jordan Belchos finished fifth in 12:59.51.

"I'm absolutely delighted with what I did, Belchos said after the race". "That's the dream right, is to have your best race at the Olympics".

Kramer has dominated the gruelling race at every competition except the Olympics, where he has now fallen short four times.

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Bergsma's time of 12 minutes, 41.98 seconds had taken more than two seconds off his own previous Olympic record of 12:44.45, set when he won the gold medal at the Sochi Games four years ago.

It marked his worst result in a 10,000m worldwide competition since coming ninth in a World Cup race in Heerenveen in December 2011.

Ted-Jan Bloemen skates in the 10,000 metres at the Pyeongchang Olympics on February 15.

Asked last weak if beating Kramer's records is a bit like defeating a legend like Roger Federer at tennis during his prime, Bloemen laughed. "Everything was set for this competition", Bloemen said after the race.

Then he pulled back a bit, not wanting to say anything disrespectful about Kramer: "He's just given us an awesome challenge, and when we can meet that challenge, it's like all the more joy, right?"

At the very least, Bloemen will contend for a medal, but a spot at the top of the podium may be hard to achieve given how well the Dutch have skated in Pyeongchang.

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