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Dutch speed skaters sweep again in Sochi

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SOCHI, Russia -

The Dutch speedskaters did it again. 

They won the top three spots in the men's 10,000 meters marking the fourth time the Dutch have swept the podium at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Jorrit Bergsma set an Olympic record Tuesday winning the 10,000 meters with an upset of countryman Sven Kramer.

Kramer wanted this gold more than any other after giving away the longest race with an inexplicable mistake at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

But Bergsma's finishing kick was a stunner, giving him a winning time of 12 minutes, 44.45 seconds.

It was the fastest sea-level time ever and eclipsed the Olympic record of 12:58.55 set by South Korea's Lee Seung-hoon four years ago.

Kramer settled for silver in 12:49.02. The bronze went to 37-year-old Bob de Jong.

The Dutch have dominated in speedskating winning 19 medals in all.

The highest American to finish was Emery Lehman who came in 10th.

 

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