Speedskater Dobbin misses 5000m medals

The Olympic flame is lit outside Fisht Stadium in Sochi.
The Olympic flame is lit outside Fisht Stadium in Sochi.
Volunteers bring the Olympic flag into Fisht Stadium.
Volunteers bring the Olympic flag into Fisht Stadium.
A wide view inside Fisht Stadium, showing the failed fifth Olympic ring.
A wide view inside Fisht Stadium, showing the failed fifth Olympic ring.
Inflatable balloons depicting elements of St Peter's Basilica float to the sky.
Inflatable balloons depicting elements of St Peter's Basilica float to the sky.
Scenes from inside Fisht Stadium during the opening ceremony.
Scenes from inside Fisht Stadium during the opening ceremony.
Scenes from inside Fisht Stadium during the opening ceremony.
Scenes from inside Fisht Stadium during the opening ceremony.
Dancers perform during the Sochi opening ceremony.
Dancers perform during the Sochi opening ceremony.
A dancer performs during the opening ceremony, depicted the era of Peter the Great.
A dancer performs during the opening ceremony, depicted the era of Peter the Great.
The mascots of the Sochi Games, the hare, the bear and the leopard, during the opening ceremony.
The mascots of the Sochi Games, the hare, the bear and the leopard, during the opening ceremony.
Members of the host Russian team arrive to huge cheers.
Members of the host Russian team arrive to huge cheers.
The USA team, complete with their ugly Christmas sweater-looking outfits.
The USA team, complete with their ugly Christmas sweater-looking outfits.
The colourful German team enters Fisht Stadium.
The colourful German team enters Fisht Stadium.
The Russian flag is shown by lit up volunteers and spotlights during the opening ceremony.
The Russian flag is shown by lit up volunteers and spotlights during the opening ceremony.
Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with IOC president Thomas Bach.
Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with IOC president Thomas Bach.
Julia Volkova and Lena Katina of t.A.T.u perform during the opening ceremony.
Julia Volkova and Lena Katina of t.A.T.u perform during the opening ceremony.
The fifth snowflake fails to open into an Olympic ring.
The fifth snowflake fails to open into an Olympic ring.
A view from inside Fisht Stadium as the Austrian team enters.
A view from inside Fisht Stadium as the Austrian team enters.
Liza Temnikova as Lyubov performs 'Voices of Russia' during the opening ceremony.
Liza Temnikova as Lyubov performs 'Voices of Russia' during the opening ceremony.
Five snowflakes, symbolising the Olympic rings, begin to open.
Five snowflakes, symbolising the Olympic rings, begin to open.
Fireworks explode outside Fisht Stadium as the opening ceremony starts.
Fireworks explode outside Fisht Stadium as the opening ceremony starts.
The outside view of Fisht Stadium as dusk sets in at Sochi.
The outside view of Fisht Stadium as dusk sets in at Sochi.
Shane Dobbin leads the New Zealand team into Fisht Stadium.
Shane Dobbin leads the New Zealand team into Fisht Stadium.

New Zealand flagbearer Shane Dobbin has missed out on a medal in the men's 5000m speed skating event, after ending sixth after his heat.

Dobbin, racing in the eighth heat against Russian Ivan Skobrev, finished in 6:26.90 to be sixth with five pairs left to race at the Adler Arena Skating Centre. He eventually finished 14th, with a time that fell just outside his best achieved in 2011.

Skobrev completed the 12 1/2 laps in 6:19.83, just 0.32 seconds behind then-leading compatriot Denis Yuskov. The Russians would eventually finished sixth and seventh as Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen and Jorrit Bergsma completed a medal clean-sweep for the Netherlands. Kramer's time was 16.14 seconds quicker than Dobbin.

Adam Barwood, the last New Zealander in action in Sochi.
Adam Barwood, the last New Zealander in action in Sochi.
New Zealand's Adam Barwood managed 26th overall in the men's slalom.
New Zealand's Adam Barwood managed 26th overall in the men's slalom.
Janina Kuzma flies high during the women's ski halfpipe final.
Janina Kuzma flies high during the women's ski halfpipe final.
Queenstown's Adam Barwood completed his first slalom run in 54.21 seconds.
Queenstown's Adam Barwood completed his first slalom run in 54.21 seconds.
Kiwi Janina Kuzma anxiously awaits her score after a women's ski halfpipe qualifying run.
Kiwi Janina Kuzma anxiously awaits her score after a women's ski halfpipe qualifying run.
New Zealand's Janina Kuzma in action during the women's ski halfpipe qualification round.
New Zealand's Janina Kuzma in action during the women's ski halfpipe qualification round.
Queenstown's Adam Barwood speeds down the giant slalom course, on his way to 44th out of 109 in the men's event.
Queenstown's Adam Barwood speeds down the giant slalom course, on his way to 44th out of 109 in the men's event.
New Zealand's Adam Barwood brushes by a gate during one of his giant slalom runs.
New Zealand's Adam Barwood brushes by a gate during one of his giant slalom runs.
Jossi Wells awaits his score after a round during the men's ski halfpipe final at Rosa Khutor.
Jossi Wells awaits his score after a round during the men's ski halfpipe final at Rosa Khutor.
Shane Dobbin flies around Adler Arena during the men's 10,000m final.
Shane Dobbin flies around Adler Arena during the men's 10,000m final.
Jossi Wells in action during qualifying for the men's ski halfpipe final.
Jossi Wells in action during qualifying for the men's ski halfpipe final.
Lyndon Sheehan gets upside-down during men's ski halfpipe qualifying.
Lyndon Sheehan gets upside-down during men's ski halfpipe qualifying.
Shane Dobbin skates to seventh in the men's 10,000m final.
Shane Dobbin skates to seventh in the men's 10,000m final.
Beau-James Wells in action during qualifying for the men's ski halfpipe final.
Beau-James Wells in action during qualifying for the men's ski halfpipe final.
Ben Sandford flies down the Sanki track to his best time of 57.67 seconds.
Ben Sandford flies down the Sanki track to his best time of 57.67 seconds.
Katharine Eustace matched Jossi Wells' 11th-place finish as best New Zealand result in Sochi.
Katharine Eustace matched Jossi Wells' 11th-place finish as best New Zealand result in Sochi.
Ben Sandford quipped to media after his first two skeleton runs: "I'm usually pretty good at skeleton".
Ben Sandford quipped to media after his first two skeleton runs: "I'm usually pretty good at skeleton".
Katharine Eustace waves to the crowd after her third run during the women's skeleton at the Sanki Sliding Center.
Katharine Eustace waves to the crowd after her third run during the women's skeleton at the Sanki Sliding Center.
Jossi Wells competes in the men's ski slopestyle qualifying round.
Jossi Wells competes in the men's ski slopestyle qualifying round.
Katharine Eustace waves to the crowd after one of her two skeleton heats runs.
Katharine Eustace waves to the crowd after one of her two skeleton heats runs.
New Zealand's Jossi Wells reacts after a run during the men's ski slopestyle final.
New Zealand's Jossi Wells reacts after a run during the men's ski slopestyle final.
Katharine Eustace hurtles down the skeleton ice during the first of two runs.
Katharine Eustace hurtles down the skeleton ice during the first of two runs.
Beau-James Wells competes during the men's ski slopestyle qualification round.
Beau-James Wells competes during the men's ski slopestyle qualification round.
Skeleton racer Katharine Eustace gets in a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Center.
Skeleton racer Katharine Eustace gets in a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Center.
New Zealand's Bex Sinclair competes in the women's snowboard halfpipe qualifying at Rosa Khutor.
New Zealand's Bex Sinclair competes in the women's snowboard halfpipe qualifying at Rosa Khutor.
Anna Willcox has a message for back home after her first run in women's ski slopestyle qualifying.
Anna Willcox has a message for back home after her first run in women's ski slopestyle qualifying.
Kiwi skeleton racer Ben Sandford waits to take a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Kiwi skeleton racer Ben Sandford waits to take a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Anna Willcox goes big
Anna Willcox goes big
Anna Willcox's New Zealand and Olympics inspired nails.
Anna Willcox's New Zealand and Olympics inspired nails.
The three Wells brothers (from left) Beau-James, Jossi and Byron, with father Bruce (second right).
The three Wells brothers (from left) Beau-James, Jossi and Byron, with father Bruce (second right).
Rebecca Torr competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle semifinals.
Rebecca Torr competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle semifinals.
Shelly Gotlieb is dwarfed by the mountains and sky during her semifinals run.
Shelly Gotlieb is dwarfed by the mountains and sky during her semifinals run.
Shane Dobbin competes in the men's 5000m speed skating competition.
Shane Dobbin competes in the men's 5000m speed skating competition.
New Zealand's Shane Dobbin competes against Russia's Ivan Skobrev during the men's 5000m.
New Zealand's Shane Dobbin competes against Russia's Ivan Skobrev during the men's 5000m.
Shane Dobbin leads the New Zealand team into Fisht Stadium.
Shane Dobbin leads the New Zealand team into Fisht Stadium.
Byron Wells waves to the crowd as the New Zealand team enters the Olympic stadium.
Byron Wells waves to the crowd as the New Zealand team enters the Olympic stadium.
Flagbearer Shane Dobbin leads the New Zealand team into the Olympic stadium.
Flagbearer Shane Dobbin leads the New Zealand team into the Olympic stadium.
Beau-James Wells gets some air during the men's ski slopestyle practice.
Beau-James Wells gets some air during the men's ski slopestyle practice.
Anna Willox-Silfverberg goes big during women's ski slopestyle training.
Anna Willox-Silfverberg goes big during women's ski slopestyle training.
Skeleton racer Ben Sandford makes his way down a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Skeleton racer Ben Sandford makes his way down a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Katharine Eustace completes a run during skeleton practice at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Katharine Eustace completes a run during skeleton practice at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Stefi Luxton competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Stefi Luxton competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Shelly Gotlieb competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Shelly Gotlieb competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Christy Prior competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Christy Prior competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Rebecca Torr competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Rebecca Torr competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
NZ flagbearer Shane Dobbin is presented with the Te Mahutonga cloak and a pounamu pendant by Chef de Mission Peter Wardell.
NZ flagbearer Shane Dobbin is presented with the Te Mahutonga cloak and a pounamu pendant by Chef de Mission Peter Wardell.
NZ flagbearer Shane Dobbin at the Athletes Village.
NZ flagbearer Shane Dobbin at the Athletes Village.
Snowboarder Shelly Gotlieb and Chef de Mission Peter Wardell tour the New Zealand section at the Athletes Village.
Snowboarder Shelly Gotlieb and Chef de Mission Peter Wardell tour the New Zealand section at the Athletes Village.
Beau-James Wells
Beau-James Wells
With the mountains as a back-drop, Jossi Wells practises for the men's ski slopestyle.
With the mountains as a back-drop, Jossi Wells practises for the men's ski slopestyle.
Snowboarders Shelly Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton, Christy Prior and Rebecca Torr pose in the Olympic rings in the athletes village.
Snowboarders Shelly Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton, Christy Prior and Rebecca Torr pose in the Olympic rings in the athletes village.
Shelly Gotlieb presents a Games volunteer with a New Zealand pin.
Shelly Gotlieb presents a Games volunteer with a New Zealand pin.
Speed skater Shane Dobbin practises at the Adler Arena Skating Centre.
Speed skater Shane Dobbin practises at the Adler Arena Skating Centre.
Snowboarders Shelly Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton, Christy Prior and Rebecca Torr are interviewed by Sky Sport's Hayley Holt.
Snowboarders Shelly Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton, Christy Prior and Rebecca Torr are interviewed by Sky Sport's Hayley Holt.
Members of the NZ Olympic team arrive at the Athletes Village at Rosa Khutor.
Members of the NZ Olympic team arrive at the Athletes Village at Rosa Khutor.
Members of the NZ Olympic team are welcomed to the Athletes Village at Rosa Khutor.
Members of the NZ Olympic team are welcomed to the Athletes Village at Rosa Khutor.

Dobbin, who led the New Zealand team into Fisht Stadium during yesterday's opening ceremony, was behind Skobrev from the second crossover but, despite falling over 10 seconds behind, finished strong to end 7.07 seconds behind the Russian.

The 34-year-old bettered his result from Vancouver four years ago, when he finished 17th in a time of 6:33.38.

Dobbin will also compete in the men's 10,000m, his more favoured event, on February 18.

SOLID EFFORT: Shane Dobbin produced a quality time of 6:26.90 but will miss the medals in the men's 5000m speed skating event.
SOLID EFFORT: Shane Dobbin produced a quality time of 6:26.90 but will miss the medals in the men's 5000m speed skating event.

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