The Netherlands dominated the medals table at this weekend’s speed skating world championships in Salt Lake City, taking five of the 14 gold medals on offer.The men’s pursuit team of Sven Kramer, Carl Verheijen and Erben Wennemars finished of the championships taking gold in a world record time of 3.37.80 on Sunday night.
Earlier Ireen Wüst set a new Dutch record to win the 1,000 metres, her second gold of the competition.
On Saturday Kramer set a new world record taking the 10,000 metres title. The Dutchman completed the race in 12.41.69, beating his previous world record by over eight seconds. ‘It’s fantastic. Everything I wanted to achieve this season, I have,’ said Kramer after the race.
The Netherlands had a clean sweep of the medals in the 10,000 metres. Carl Verheijen took silver and Brigt Rykkie was a surprise third. Kramer and Verheijen were also one and two in the 5,000 metres on Thursday.
The women’s pursuit team took silver as did Erben Wennemars in the 1,500 metres.
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