THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

Stefan Groothuis wins 1,000 at speedskating worlds

New world champion Stefan Groothuis of The Netherlands, center, and compatriot and silver medallist Kjeld Nuis, right, celebrate after the men's 1000 meters race at the World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships at Thialf stadium in Heerenveen, northern Netherlands, Friday March 23, 2012. New world champion Stefan Groothuis of The Netherlands, center, and compatriot and silver medallist Kjeld Nuis, right, celebrate after the men's 1000 meters race at the World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships at Thialf stadium in Heerenveen, northern Netherlands, Friday March 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
March 23, 2012
Text size +
  • E-mail
  • E-mail this article

    Invalid E-mail address
    Invalid E-mail address

    Sending your article

    Your article has been sent.

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands—World sprint champion Stefan Groothuis won the 1,000-meter title at the speedskating single distance world championships Friday, finishing ahead of Dutch teammate Kjeld Nuis and two-time Olympic 1,000 champ Shani Davis of the U.S.

Another Dutchman, Sven Kramer, won the 5,000 to cap season in which he returned from a year off because of a right thigh injury with his fourth world title over the distance.

"I could not have hoped for more than this," Kramer said. "The European and world all-round titles and now this. It's a fantastic end to the season."

Kramer won in 6:13.87. Countryman Bob de Jong took the silver ahead of Jonathan Kuck of the U.S.

Christine Nesbitt won the women's 1,500, completing a Canadian sweep of the distance after Denny Morrison won the men's 1,500 on Thursday. Groothuis finished in 1 minute, 8.57 seconds, punched the air and then hugged Nuis, who was second in 1:08.79.

Davis, who was seeking his fourth world title over the distance, finished in 1:08.83.

The gold medal capped a breakthrough season for 30-year-old Groothuis, who won his first world title at the sprint all-rounds in Calgary this year.

"I've been skating for 10 years and this year I win two world titles, it's amazing," Groothuis said.

Nuis started the faster of the two in tough conditions at Thialf Oval, but Groothuis passed him with a blistering 25-second second lap and held on.

Nesbitt completed the 1,500 in 1:56.07, well ahead of defending champion Ireen Wust, who was second in 1:56.40. Wust's Netherlands teammate Linda de Vries was third in 1:57.08.

"It started very fast, but that was my plan," Nesbitt said. "I was struggling to remember how to race the 1,500."

Nesbitt is aiming for a second gold Saturday in the 1,000, a distance she has dominated this season.

  • E-mail
  • E-mail this article

    Invalid E-mail address
    Invalid E-mail address

    Sending your article

    Your article has been sent.