The Associated Press
KOLOMNA, Russia: Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer stormed to victory in the 10,000 metres as the world single distance championships opened in Russia on Thursday.
Kramer set a time of 12 minutes, 56.77 seconds to win by almost three seconds over Calgary’s Ted-Jan Bloemen, the world record holder, who finished in 12:59.69.
Bronze went to a second Dutch skater, Erik Jan Kooiman, who was 5.38 seconds off Kramer’s time.
It is Kramer’s 16th career gold medal at the championships but the first in the 10,000m since 2009 for the Dutch skater, who is widely regarded as among the sport’s all-time greats.
The championships continue Thursday with the women’s 3,000m.