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Thomas Krol has won his first ever gold medal at 1,000 meters at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating. The reign World Champion at 1,500 meters seized gold in a track record. His teammate at Team Jumbo-Visma Kjeld Nuis won a bronze medal.
World record holder Nuis and the second fastest man ever, Krol, were paired in the final race. Krol was faster from the very beginning. Nuis skated a far from perfect race with a few mistakes in the corners, while Krol finished smoothly in 1:09.00, confidently breaking Nuis' 2018 track record (1:09.23) by 0.23 second. With 1:09.27 Nuis had to settle for bronze behind Ning (1:09.22). Hein Otterspeer ended up in fourth place with a time of 1:09.37.
For Krol it was his second victory of his career at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating. On December 15th of 2018, Krol won a gold medal at the 1500-meter race at Thialf Heerenveen with the American Joey Mantia finishing second and Team Jumbo-Visma teammate Patrick Roest ending up in third place.
"It is a very nice feeling to win here today. It is my second World Cup win ever and my first at 1,000 meters", Krol said. "It’s very nice to start the international speed skating season like this."
Krol was really happy how his race had gone. "The first 600 meters went surprisingly well. From the very beginning I was skating really fast. It is still special to skate against my teammate Kjeld. It is always a really exciting race when we compete against each other. We always push each other to bring out the best versions of ourselves."