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Kjeld Nuis has kicked off the new speed skating season on a positive note. The 29-year-old skater from Team Jumbo-Visma participated in the men's 500 and 1000-meter races on Friday.
The reign Olympic champion won the 1,000-meter race. He crossed the line in 1:08.44, beating his fellow countryman Lennart Velema by 0.50 seconds: 1:08.94. Nuis’ time is the fastest time so far this season at 1,000 meters. Last week Kai Verbij skated a time of 1:08.76 in the Max Aicher Arena.
"This is a solid start to the new season. For now, this is a good time and I am very happy with the result", Nuis said after his race. "To be honest, it's not really good yet, but at least my time is better than of the other skaters who have skated this distance this year, so that's great. You can't compare every single race, but this is a nice boost for the World Cup Qualifying Tournament (WCKT) later this month."
"I just saw the video footage of my race and in my opinion I looked a little bit soft. It's okay. The ferocity will be there in the next couple of weeks after some more practices and races. At this moment, there is no reason to be ashamed of a time of 1:08.76."