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Putin congratulates Kramer on gold, Ahn on bronze medals at Sochi Olympics

February 10, 2014, 22:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer won gold in men's 5000m race, Russia's Viktor Ahn won bronze in 1500m short track

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MOSCOW, February 10, 22:30 /ITAR-TASS/. President Vladimir Putin congratulated Sven Kramer on his record in the 5,000-meter speed-skating competition at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

“You are known as one of the world’s recognized masters in speed skating, have won the most prestigious international competitions and are an Olympic champion,” the president said.

“Your talent, hard work, determination and will helped you to achieve success at the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi. At the Adler Arena, which has become a lucky place for you, you not only won the 5,000-metre competition but also set a new Olympic record, substantially improving on your own result at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010,” Putin said.

Putin also congratulated Russian short track speed skater Viktor Ahn on his bronze medal.

“You represented Russia worthily in one of the impressive and spectacular sporting disciplines and demonstrated the qualities of a true Olympian in a complex and hard competition - excellent physical fitness, sportsmanship, strong character, perseverance and will. You rightfully won the bronze medal of the XXII Olympic Winter Games,” Putin wrote in his message.

Ahn won bronze in men's 1,500-meter short track speed-skating competition on Monday, February 10, bringing Russia its fifth medal at the Games. The Russian tem has so far won one gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

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