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Jorrit Bergsma knocks off Kramer in 10,000 meters

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Jorrit Bergsma set an Olympic record and led another Dutch speedskating sweep 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.

It was the fourth Dutch sweep of the podium at Adler Arena, giving them 19 speedskating medals in all.

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