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Speedskater Sven Kramer of the Netherlands wins gold medal in 5,000 meters

February 13, 2010 |  2:52 pm


Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer won the gold medal in the men's 5,000 meters at the Olympic Oval.

The 23-year-old pre-race favorite set an Olympic record of 6 minutes, 14.60, six hundredths of a second better than Jochem Uytdehaage's record set in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Lee Seung-Hoon of South Korea was second at 6:16.95, and Ivan Skobrev of Russia was third at 6:18.05.

Shani Davis of the U.S. finished in 12th place.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Sven Kramer. Credit: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press