19 Feb 2014

Dobbin 7th in Olympic speedskating

11:24 am on 19 February 2014

The New Zealand speedskater Shane Dobbin has finished seventh in the Olympic 10,000 metre event as the Netherlands again swept the medals.

Dobbin went into the Olympics hoping for a top-eight finish.

His time was 32 seconds behind Jorrit Bergsma, who set an Olympic record in taking gold.

Bergsma finished ahead of team-mates Sven Kramer and Bob de Jong.

Bergsma took 14 seconds off the previous record time in upsetting pre-race favourite Kramer who was hoping to avenge his disqualification in Vancouver four years ago.

It was a fourth clean sweep of the speed skating medals for the Dutch and sixth win from nine events, taking them to a Sochi-leading overall total of 20 medals.