Canada Wins Speedskating Gold

Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemen won gold in the 10,000m, adding it to the silver he captured in the 5000m four nights earlier.

Bloemen completed the 27 laps of the Gangneung Oval in 12:39.77, knocking 2.21 seconds off the Olympic record that had been set by defending Olympic champion Jorrit Bergsma of the Netherlands.

Bloemen won silver in the only 10,000m World Cup race held this past fall in Stavanger, Norway, finishing second to Dutch star Sven Kramer.

Toronto's Jordan Belchos finished fifth with a career-best time of 12:59.51.

Canada’s only other Olympic medal in the 10,000m came more than eight decades ago at Lake Placid 1932.

PyeongChang 2018 was actually the first Games for which Canada qualified in the men’s 10,000m since Turin 2006.