BEIJING — Nils van der Poel of Sweden broke his personal world report and captured his second gold medal of the Beijing Olympics with a dominant victory in males’s 10,000-meter speedskating Friday.
Van der Poel added to his victory within the 5,000, which was a a lot nearer affair.
This time, it was simply the outspoken 25-year-old vs. the clock.
Swinging each arms to construct further velocity over his closing laps, van der Poel crossed the road in 12 minutes, 30.74 seconds.
The Swede simply broke the world mark of 12:32.95 he set in February 2021 and was greater than 9 seconds forward of the Olympic report set 4 years in the past by reigning champion Ted-Jan Bloemen of Canada.
The silver medal went to Patrick Roest of the Netherlands, the identical spot he took behind van der Poel within the 5,000, however this time he was practically 14 seconds behind in 12:44.59.
The margin within the 5,000 was simply 0.47 seconds.
Italy’s Davide Ghiotto, who skated within the next-to-last pair with van der Poel, grabbed the bronze in 12:45.98, although he may barely see the champion up forward.
Bloemen completed eighth.
Van der Poel’s victory got here after he ripped the Dutch federation over a report that it was making an attempt to affect ice makers on the oval to arrange circumstances that profit its skaters.
Whereas saying he had nothing in opposition to athletes from the Netherlands, van der Poel referred to as the report an indication of “corruption” that wanted to be investigated by the IOC and the Worldwide Skating Union.
Dutch officers shrugged off the complaints.
Jorrit Bergsma of the Netherlands did not turn into simply the third skater to win three medals in speedskating’s longest Olympic race. He completed fourth, about 3 seconds behind Ghiotto. Bergsma received the gold in 2014 and a silver in 2018.
Van der Poel is the one non-Dutch winner by the primary six occasions on the oval.
The Netherlands has received 4 golds and eight medals total by the primary six occasions.