Stunning DQ ices skating superstar

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Sven Kramer, the Dutch speed skater who entered Tuesday's 10,000-metre race as a heavy favourite, has been disqualified in a stunning turn of events at the Richmond Oval.

Kramer — who made headlines earlier in the Games after a thorny exchange with an NBC reporter — holds the world record in the 10,000, set in 2007, and his time Tuesday set an Olympic record in the race before being disqualified on a technicality. Kramer failed to switch lanes past the midway point in the race, an amateurish mistake that led to his disqualification.

Lee Seung-hoon of South Korea was awarded the gold medal despite finishing about four seconds behind Kramer.

Dutch coach Gerard Kemkers told the skater what he had done. Kramer reacted with disbelief, then slung away his glasses in disgust.

“It is pretty hard now,” Kramer said. “I was on my way to make the right decision and right before the corner I changed my decision because of the advice from the (coach). At the end of the day, it is my responsibility. I am the skater on the ice, I have to do it.”

Kramer, 23, won the 5,000 on the first Saturday of the Vancouver Games in a time that set an Olympic record.

His father is former speed skater Yep Kramer.

-With filed from The Canadian Press

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