Speed Skating - Kramer leads Dutch domination in Kolomna

Olympic champion Sven Kramer remains unbeaten in the 5000m in the speed skating World Cup this season after leading home a Dutch one-two-three-four for the second successive race.

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Sven Kramer of the Netherlands

The 26-year-old powered to victory during the opening round in Heerenveen last weekend with teammates Jorrit Bergsma, Jan Blokhuijsen and Bob de Jong second, third and fourth respectively.

And Kramer was at it again on the first day of the second round in Kolomna posting a significantly quicker time of 6:10.62minutes to win although the order of the next three did differ slightly.

Blokhuijsen took second 1.35seconds behind the Olympic 5000m champion with Bergsma third and de Jong fourth again before the first non-Dutch skater, Korea's Seung-Hoon Lee, in fifth.

Kramer leads the overall standings for the 5000m with 200 points while compatriot Marrit Leenstra went top of the ladies' 1500m rankings with victory in Russia.

Second in Hereenveen, Leenstra denied home hope Yekaterina Shikhova by 0.49 to win with a time of 1:55.03 while Olympic 1000m champion Christine Nesbitt was third 1.13 behind overall.

That sees Leenstra leapfrog Nesbitt, who won in Hereeveen at the top of the World Cup standings for the 1500m, the Dutch skater on a total of 180 points and the Canadian on 170.

And in the ladies' mass start event Bo-Reum Kim took the victory to jump up to second in the overall rankings behind another Dutch skater Mariska Huisman.

Kim clocked 8:40.77 for victory with Canada's Ivanie Blondin second and Huisman third but still in the overall lead by ten points over the Korean winner.

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