Groothuis wins first World Champs title
Dutchman Stefan Groothuis won his first World Championships sprint speed skating title, when he triumphed in the 1000m in Calgary, Alberta.
Groothuis, who took bronze in the World Championships in 2011, was third after the 500m, before posting the winning time of one minute and 6:96 seconds in the 1000m to wrap up the title.
"I had to skate fast, good technically and be aggressive, which is a hard combination most of the times because if you're too aggressive, you'll mess up the technique,'' said Groothuis.
“I said ‘at last’ 60 times in Dutch, I think. Before, I got fourth mostly. Last year, at the world championship singles, I was third, but I wasn't too happy with that either because I expected myself to be first.
“So many times I didn't do what I wanted to do and finally I won a big championship and I'm really glad for that.”
Korean duo Lee Kyou-Hyuk and Mo Tae-Bum finished second and third respectively.
In the women’s event, China’s Yu Jing set a new world record in the 500m to beat home favourite Christine Nesbitt, who had herself set a new world record in the 1000m on Saturday.
Yu raced around the track in 36.94 seconds to become the first woman to go sub 37-seconds and take the gold medal.
The 26-year-old then went head-to-head with Nesbitt in the final race of the 1000m, taking first overall by two one-hundredths of a second despite finishing second to the Canadian.
“I think it is (the highlight of my career),” Yu said through an interpreter. “I felt good for the 500 race, especially for the first 100 metres. There were no mistakes in all the race. I'm very happy to be the fastest.”
Nesbitt finished second to take silver while China’s Zhang Hong took bronze.