Bergsma was no further than fourth in a time of 12.48.46, with 13.03.90 Roest having to settle for eighth place in the final classification. Five-time champion Sven Kramer had not qualified for this distance. He let the 10 kilometers go by at the end of December at the Dutch Championship distances.
The gold went to the Canadian Graeme Fish. With a fantastic new world record (12.33.87), Fish drove everyone home. He was considerably faster than his compatriot Ted-Jan Bloemen, who ended up at 12.36.30 on the same course in 2015. Flowers, Thursday the winner of the 5000 meters, still won silver with a time of 12.45.01. The bronze was for the German Patrick Beckert: 12.47.93.
“Unbelievable, I am very happy”, stammered Fish, who had won nothing internationally until his sensational race, afterwards NOS. “I don’t know if I’m surprised, because I knew I had this in me.” Last season he finished fourteenth (in the 5 kilometers) and seventh (in the 10 kilometers) at the World Championship distances. This winter, the young Canadian, who has the Dutchman Bart Schouten as coach, already won bronze twice in the World Cup (5 and 10 km). On Thursday Fish also took bronze in the 5 km, behind Bloemen and Kramer.
In the third stage, the dethroned Bergsma seemed to be on his way to improving his personal record (12.41.98). In the last three rounds, however, the 34-year-old Frisian broke down completely. Coach Jillert Anema saw Bergsma’s collapse desperately. Out of sheer powerlessness, he almost smashed his round board on the pillows. Bergsma also disappointed in the 5 kilometers on Thursday by finishing eighth.
Bergsma understood Anema’s angry reaction. “He is disappointed, I am disappointed, we are all disappointed,” he sighed at the NOS. “I sleep poorly here and maybe that’s why I’m not sharp enough. It may also have to do with skating at height. I probably have less control over that than the other boys. Well, quickly switch the button and then hope that the mass start on Sunday will end well. ”
The 10 kilometers in Salt Lake City turned out to be a real wear and tear. No fewer than three drivers (the Kazak Dmitry Morozov, the Italian Nicola Tumero and the Russian Alexander Rumyantsev) were unable to finish the distance and got out early.