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Otterspeer takes bronze medal on final day World Cup in Nagano

Otterspeer takes bronze medal on final day World Cup in Nagano

Hein Otterspeer has concluded the ISU World Cup in Japan on a high note. The 31-year-old speed skater of Team Jumbo-Visma won a bronze medal in the men’s 1000-meter race at the M-Wave in Nagano on Sunday.

Otterspeer crossed the line in 1:08.95. Only the Russian speed skater Pavel Kulizhnikov (1:08.45/track record) and compatriot Kai Verbij (1:08.67) were faster. For Otterspeer, it was his first World Cup medal since March of 2018, when he won a bronze medal in the men’s second 500-meter race in Minsk, Belarus.

"It feels really good to be back on the podium at the ISU World Cup", Otterspeer said. "It wasn’t my best race. At the beginning I made some costly mistakes, but I am very satisfied with this outcome. Last year, I only won gold at the Dutch Allround and Sprint Championships, so I am happy I was able to compete on an international level again. This bronze medal gives me a boost for the National Single Distance Championships."

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