Bloemen, the world-record holder in the men’s 5,000 and 10,000 metres, crossed the finish line 1.85 seconds slower than Kramer.
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA–Ted-Jan Bloemen won a silver medal in men’s 5,000 metres on Sunday at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, finishing second only to speedskating legend and former teammate Sven Kramer at the Gangneung Oval.
Bloemen, the world-record holder in the men’s 5,000 and 10,000 metres, crossed the finish line 1.85 seconds slower than Kramer, who won his third straight gold in the distance with an Olympic record time of six minutes 9:76 seconds.
Bloemen’s medal was the first for Canada in the men’s 5,000 since Willy Logan earned bronze in 1932, and its third of these Olympics following the silver and bronze earned earlier in the day by snowboarders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris in men’s slopestyle.
Norway’s Sverre Lunde Pedersen finished third Sunday, beaten to the line by the outstretched skate of Bloemen.
Bloemen is native of the Netherlands, where speedskating is a way of life, but moved to Calgary in 2014 and through his father, who was born in New Brunswick, he was able to compete for Canada.