Netherlands took over Germany's ladies team pursuit crown when they crushed Poland in the final A at the Adler Arena on Saturday. Russia grabbed the bronze.
The Dutch ladies broke the Olympic record twice on the final day of competition. In the semifinal they skated 2 minutes and 58.43 seconds to improve upon the time they set in the quarterfinals, 2:58.61, on Friday.
In the final Ireen Wust, Jorien ter Mors, and Marrit Leenstra skated 2.58.05. Poland settled for 3.05.55.
Russia beat Japan in a battle of attrition to take the bronze in 2.59.73.
Germany had won the ladies team pursuit twice since the event entered the Olympic programme at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. The German women failed to qualify for Sochi.