Sven Kramer of the Netherlands gestures on the podium after winning a gold medal. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer raced into the record books Sunday by winning his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the men's 5,000 meters.Kramer, the first man to win three golds in the same speedskating event at the Winter Games, set an Olympic record of 6 minutes, 09.76 seconds, finishing ahead of Canada's Ted-Jan Bloemen with Norway's Sverre Lunde Pedersen claiming bronze.Kramer is the second male speedskater to win four Olympic medals in a single event, following in the footsteps of compatriot Bob de Jong, who got four medals in the men's 10,000 meters.Dutch-born Bloemen, who is eligible to race for Canada through his father, switched allegiance in 2014 and is only the second Canadian to win an Olympic medal in the 5,000 meters, after William Logan won bronze in the event in 1932 Olympics at Lake Placid.
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