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Sven Kramer leads Euro allrounds

Updated: January 11, 2013, 4:13 PM ET
Associated Press

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands -- Five-time champion Sven Kramer took a step toward his sixth European allround speedskating title by winning the 5,000-meter race Friday.

The reigning Olympic champion and world record holder powered around the Thialf oval in 6 minutes, 12.55 seconds, more than 5 seconds quicker than teammate Jan Blokhuijsen, who was considered the only skater with a chance to upset Kramer.

Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway was third.

In the competition's first event, ...

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