| Event type

5,000 metres, Men

Date 8 February 2014 — 15:30
LocationAdler-Arena, Coastal Cluster, Adler
Participants26 from 14 countries
Olympic Record 6:14.60 / Sven Kramer NED / 13 February 2010
StarterJouko VesterlundFIN
RefereeDan ImmerfallUSA

Since his Olympic title in Vancouver, Sven Kramer had skipped the 2011 season due to injury, but had won his 4th and 5th world title at this distance in 2012 and 2013. In the 2013-2014 season, Kramer had won all 5,000 m races he contested, including two World Cup races. Kramer’s biggest competitor seemed to be teammate Jorrit Bergsma, silver medalist at the 2013 World Championships and winner of the third 5,000 m World Cup race in the running season. The 2011 World Champion Bob de Jong had missed the Dutch team, but his “replacement” Jan Blokhuijsen had placed second in the most recent World Cup. Outside of the Dutch team, 2010 medallists Lee Seung-Hun and Ivan Skobrev were still highly considered, while the Belgian inline convert Bart Swings was considered to have a shot at a medal as well.

The first top favorite to hit the ice, Sven Kramer battered the leading time of Denis Yuskov. In a stable race, he beat his own track record and the Olympic Record by four seconds: 6:10.76. This time seemed unapproachable, but Bergsma made a brave attempt. Staying within reach of Kramer’s time until 3,800 m, he lost pace in the remaining laps, landing at 6:16.66. Blokhuijsen and Swings, in pair 12, started a little more carefully. At 3,400 m, Swings had to let Blokhuijsen go, who overtook Bergsma’s time at the bell. His 6:15.71 earned him a silver medal, while Swings ended just outside of the medals. The Dutch medal sweep was the first ever in the 5,000 m, and only the second in Olympic history for the Netherlands (the first was in the men’s 10,000 m in 1998).

110OSven KramerNED6:10.76GoldOR
212IJan BlokhuijsenNED6:15.71Silver
311IJorrit BergsmaNED6:16.66Bronze
412OBart SwingsBEL6:17.79
511OSverre Lunde PedersenNOR6:18.84
67ODenis YuskovRUS6:19.51
78OIvan SkobrevRUS6:19.831
813IPatrick BeckertGER6:21.18
96OHåvard BøkkoNOR6:22.83
106IMoritz GeisreiterGER6:24.79
119OAleksandr RumyantsevRUS6:24.932
1213OLee Seung-HunKOR6:25.61
132OJan SzymańskiPOL6:26.35
148IShane DobbinNZL6:26.90
159IDmitry BabenkoKAZ6:28.26
167IEmery LehmanUSA6:29.94
173OAndrea GiovanniniITA6:30.84
183IEwen FernandezFRA6:31.08
1910IJonathan KuckUSA6:31.53
201OPatrick MeekUSA6:32.94
215IAlexej BaumgärtnerGER6:34.34
222IMathieu GirouxCAN6:35.77
231ISebastian DruszkiewiczPOL6:37.16
244OKim Cheol-MinKOR6:37.28
255OSimen Spieler NilsenNOR6:42.47
264IShane WilliamsonJPN6:42.88