Dutch skater Bergsma takes silver in men's 10,000 meters

Jorrit Bergsma during the 2013 WSDC in Sochi (Sasha Krotov, Wikimedia)Jorrit Bergsma during the 2013 WSDC in Sochi (Sasha Krotov, Wikimedia)

Dutch skater, and title defender, Jorrit Bergsma came in second place in the men's 10 thousand meters at the Olympic Games in South Korea on Thursday. Dutch-Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemen won gold, skating for the Canadian team. Third place went to Italian Nicola Tumolero, NOS reports.

Bloemen won with a time of 12:39:77. Bergsma followed with 12:44:99. "I've never before skated this fast, but Bloemen skated a great race", Bergsma said in reaction to his silver medal. 

Other Dutch skater Sven Kramer came in sixth with a time of 13:01:02. This was his fourth attempt to get an Olympic title in the 10,000 meters. "I wasn't in top form, I know that", Kramer said after the race. "I'm strong enough for 5 kilometers, but not for 10." Kramer won gold in the 5,000 meter earlier this week.