Olympic and world champion Sven Kramer stormed to gold in a Games record as Dutch skaters swept the medals in the men’s speed skating 5,000 metres on Saturday.
Kramer shaved almost four seconds off his own record set at the 2010 Vancouver Games, while the Dutch also bagged silver for Jan Blokhuisen and bronze for Jorrit Bergsma.
Kramer, 27, underlined his domination of the distance event with a time of 6 minutes 10.76 seconds, just over seven seconds off his seven-year-old world record.
It was his 16th consecutive 5,000m race victory in a winning series stretching back to 2012.
Blokhuisen was 4.95 seconds behind, overhauling Bergsma, who was runner-up to Kramer in the 2013 world single distance championships.
Kramer now has five Olympics medal after a 5,000m silver at the 2006 Games and two team pursuit bronze.
Bart Swings of Belgium, Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Sweden and the Russian pair Denis Yuskov and Ivan Skobrev completed the next places in Sochi’s Adler Arena.