Davis 12th as Kramer strikes gold

Updated: February 14, 2010, 3:08 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Speedskater Shani Davis finished 12th Saturday in his first event of the Vancouver Olympics. The Chicago native finished right behind fellow American Chad Hedrick in the men's 5,000 meters at the Olympic Oval with a time of 6 minutes, 28.44.

Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer took the gold. The 23-year-old pre-race favorite won in a new Olympic record of 6:14.60, shaving six hundredths of a second off Jochem Uytdehaage's record set at altitude in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Lee Seung-Hoon of South Korea was second in 6:16.95, and Ivan Skobrev of Russia was third in 6:18.05.

Hedrick was 11th in 6:27.07.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.