=== Canada's Hughes wins 5,000m gold; Klassen gets fifth medal ===
Torino, Italy (Sports Network) - Clara Hughes of Canada captured the gold medal
in women's 5,000-meter speedskating Saturday at the Winter Olympics. Teammate
Cindy Klassen finished third to record her fifth medal in Torino.
The victory by Hughes denied three-time defending Olympic champion Claudia
Pechstein a record-tying fourth gold medal in the event. Pechstein, however,
did pick up the silver.
Hughes and Pechstein made up the final pair of the day.
Hughes covered the distance in six minutes, 59.07 seconds. Pechstein was 1.01
seconds behind and Klassen was .49 seconds further back.
"I am so thrilled," said the gold medal winner. "This has been a dream of mine
since I was 16 and I realized it today."
The only American in the field, Catherine Raney, finished in seventh place,
more than five seconds off the winning time.
Klassen has become the darling of this year's Olympic speedskating events. She
won the gold in the 1,500 meters, silvers in the 1,000 and team pursuit and an
earlier bronze in the 3,000.
"Coming into the games I knew I was in five events," noted Klassen, "but I
didn't expect to get a medal in every distance, especially the 5,000."
02/25 13:56:07 ET