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Kjeld Nuis reclaimed his world title in the men's 1500-meter race at the ISU World Single Distances Championships on Sunday. At the Utah Olympic Oval, the reign Olympic champion set a time of 1:41.66, beating his teammate Thomas Krol by just 0.07 seconds.
With his time the 30-year-old speed skater of Team Jumbo-Visma did not come close to his world record (1:40.17), which he skated at the World Cup Final last season. Last year's world champion Krol took silver with a time of 1:41.73 and Joey Mantia (United States) ended up in third place. Patrick Roest had to settle for tenth place.
Nuis won his fourth world title of his career. In 2017, he took gold in the men's 1000- and 1500-meter races in Gangneung, South Korea. Last year Nuis became world champion in the men’s Team Sprint, along with Ronald Mulder and Kai Verbij.
“When I have to perform, I do it”, an emotional Nuis said after his race. "This absolutely makes my season. In my opinion the world record was not possible today, but the world title is the only thing that matters right now. I am so proud of myself and of everyone in the team who have always kept faith in me."
Nuis missed his country's world championships trials due to illness but was handed a wild card for the ISU World Single Distances Championships by the Dutch Speed Skating Association. However, he still missed the European Single Distances Championships at Thialf, Heerenveen.
"I missed the two most beautiful tournaments at Thialf. The past two months my life as a top athlete has not been fun at all, so when I crossed the line and saw that number 1 on the scoreboard, I was stoked", Nuis said.
Krol, who lost bronze due to a disqualification in the 1000m on Saturday, was disappointed to lose his world title at 1,500 meters. "It is second best, due to my own mistakes", he said. "I'm better at low-altitude tracks, the high-speed corners just did not work for me this year. I had a really good season, but it still really sucks that I did not win a world title."
Team Jumbo-Visma concluded the ISU World Single Distances Championships with eight medals. The team of coach Jac Orie seized three gold and five silver medals.
Sven Kramer en Douwe de Vries (Team Pursuit);
Krol (Team Sprint).
Carlijn Achtereekte (3000m);
Antoinette de Jong (Team Pursuit);
Sven Kramer (5000m);