The Associated Press SOCHI (AP)—The Netherlands will be making at least one more trip to the speed skating medal podium.
The dominant Dutch sealed their 22nd speed skating medal of the Sochi Olympics with two routs in men’s team pursuit Friday.
Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen and Koen Verweij zipped past France by a whopping 8.70 seconds in the quarterfinals, then went even faster in the semifinals. Nearly catching Poland and just missing an Olympic record, the Dutch won by a staggering 11.30.
They will face South Korea in Saturday’s final, assured of at least a silver. Unless the Dutch make a silly mistake—which has happened before—it seems no one can deny them gold.
The Dutch women have a little more work to do, since the semifinals and final are both on Saturday. But Ireen Wust, Lotte van Beek and Jorien ter Mors gave every indication that they’ll make it 23 medals for the orange wave, setting an Olympic record of 2 minutes, 58.61 seconds while comfortably beating the United States by 3.60 in the quarterfinals.