skating: Kramer pulls out of 1,500m to help 10k bid
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[February 12, 2014]
By Patrick Johnston
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) — Dutch speed
skater Sven Kramer withdrew from the 1,500 meters on Wednesday to boost
his chances of completing an Olympic long distance double in Sochi.
The 27-year-old won the men's 5,000m at the Adler Arena on
Saturday and skates in the 10,000m on Tuesday — an event he thought
he had won four years ago only to be disqualified for an incorrect
lane change after easily clocking the best time.
"A very tough decision, but I have decided not to skate the 1,500m
race. This to stay focused on my 10,000m and the team pursuit
event," Kramer posted on his Twitter page (@SvenKramer86) on
Jan Blokhuijsen, who finished second to Kramer in the 5,000m, will
take his place in the race.
Blokhuijsen had contemplated flying home after the opening race on
Saturday and returning for the team pursuit which starts on February
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"It is great to have another goal between now and the team pursuit,"
The Dutch have won three of the first four speed skating golds in
Sochi and completed two medal sweeps in the men's 5,000m and the
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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