We had to wait until Thursday for the first gold medal in the Pyongyang Winter Olympics in speed skating, which was won by a non-Dutch athlete: a man of 10,000 meters in Canada. Ted Jean Flowers Prevail.
Meanwhile, the 31-year-old track world record holder – like other winners to date – is of Dutch nationality and has only competed as a Canadian since the 2014/2015 season.
12 athletes participated in Thursday’s race, and the first serious result was really in the fourth pair of Dutch Gurit Bergsma Set an excellent Olympic record in 12: 41.98 minutes
The next duo started with Bloemen, who started at a phenomenal pace, drove all the way and was just over two seconds faster than Bergsma, whose Olympic record was quickly broken.
However, Bloemen was still unsure of his success, following him with a gold medal in the 5,000 meters Sven KramerBut the four-time Dutch classic Olympic champion didn’t have a good day this time. He was already midway looking far from the best, and Kramer only ended up in sixth. The bronze medal is Italian Nicola Tomolero acquired.
Men’s speed skating 10,000 m
1. Jan Ted Blumen (Canada) 12: 39.77 – Olympic record
2. Jorrit Bergsma (Hollandia) 12: 41.98
3- Nicola Tomolero (Italy) 12: 54.32
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