HAMAR, Norway (AP) — Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer closed in on his sixth allround world championship title by winning Saturday's 5,000-meter race to take the lead in the overall standings after the first day.

Kramer was timed in 6 minutes, 13.42 seconds, beating Russia's Ivan Skobrev by 5.64 seconds. Bart Swings of Belgium was third.

After two events, Kramer leads the overall standings on 74.052 points, with main rival Havard Bokko of Norway second at 74.210.

In the opening 500, Poland's Zbigniew Brodka won in 35.80 seconds — 0.21 seconds faster than Bokko. Latvia's Haralds Silovs was third.

Dutch great Ireen Wust led the women's competition after winning the 3,000 and finishing second in the 500.

Wust clocked 4:05.4 in the 3,000 to beat countrywoman Diane Valkenburg and Norway's Ida Njatu. Olympic champion Christine Nesbitt of Canada won the 500 in 38.60, beating Wust by 0.75 seconds.