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Kramer wins gold again in Dutch speed skating sweep

SOCHI, Russia -- Olympic and world champion Sven Kramer stormed to gold in a Games record as Dutch skaters swept the medals in the men's speed skating 5,000 metres Saturday.

Kramer shaved almost four seconds off his own record set at the 2010 Vancouver Games, while the Dutch also bagged silver for Jan Blokhuisen and bronze for Jorrit Bergsma.

Kramer, 27, underlined his domination of the distance event with a time of 6 minutes 10.76 seconds, just over seven seconds off his 7-year-old world record.

"I was the only guy who could lose this race, I really felt that pressure," he said. "During my race I just focused on the lap times and the race itself."

It was Kramer's 16th consecutive 5,000-meters race victory in a winning series stretching back to 2012.

"I have won so many 5000 meters, everyone expected me to win this race. But it felt good when I crossed the finish line, I felt like I skated the best race of my life," he said.

Kramer said he was still disappointed about being disqualified in the 10,000 in Vancouver.

Kramer won the race but was disqualified for failing to change lanes during one of the later laps after a wrong call from his coach.

"The disappointment is still there but I just have to wait two more weeks (for the 10,000m event)," he said.

Blokhuisen was 4.95 seconds behind, overhauling Bergsma, who was runner-up to Kramer in the 2013 world single distance championships.

Kramer now has five Olympics medal after a 5,000m silver at the 2006 Games in Turin and two team pursuit bronze.

Bart Swings of Belgium, Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Sweden and the Russian pair Denis Yuskov and Ivan Skobrev completed the next places in Sochi's Adler Arena.

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