Groothuis claims second gold
Stefan Groothuis made it a double celebration at the opening ISU World Cup of the season after collecting his second gold as proceedings closed in Russia.
The 29-year-old began his campaign in Chelyabinsk by claiming 1500m gold on Friday and was on form again two days later to add the 1000m title to his medal haul.
Groothuis was made to work for his second gold however with his time of 1:08.49minutes better than Dutch teammate Kjeld Nuis by just seventh hundredths of a second.
Canada's Denny Morrison was a further seven tenths behind in 1:09.26 for bronze cruelly denying Sjoerd de Vries and a Dutch clean sweep by just three hundredths.
Meanwhile in the ladies' 1000m Morrison's Canadian teammate Christine Nesbitt finally got her hands on gold having had to settle for 1500m silver behind Ireen Wust on Saturday.
The Olympic 1000m champion topped the podium in 1:15.97 and ahead of three Dutch skaters with Margot Boer and Marrit Leenstra taking silver and bronze respectively.
However Nesbitt wasn't done there and, like Groothuis, made it a double celebration after also helping the Canadian ladies team pursuit trio to gold.
Joining Brittany Schussler and Cindy Klassen, Nesbitt once again got the better of the Dutch - their winning margin over Wust, Diane Valkenburg and Leenstra 0.65seconds.
Russia took bronze while in the men's team pursuit there was to be no denying the Dutch this time as they finished well over three seconds ahead of America for gold.