Dutch dominance of 1,000 metres continues with gold for Krol

Thomas Krol celebrates his earn. Image: Koen van Weel ANP

Favourite Thomas Krol has received the gold medal in the men’s 1,000 metres speed skating race at the Beijing Olympics, getting the Dutch gold tally to 7.

Krol, 29, was .40 of a second more quickly than Canada’s Laurent Dubreuil, the surprise winner of the silver. The bronze went to Havard Lorentzen of Norway.

The two other Dutchmen in the party experienced a disappointing race. Kai Verbij was in with a medal likelihood but slowed up in the remaining lap immediately after a miscalculation in the cross. Hein Otterspeer, in his Olympic debut, was 10th.

The Dutch experienced been hoping for additional medals in the event, obtaining dominated the 1,000 metres in world cup races this season. Yet, Krol is the fifth successive Dutch Olympic winner in the 1,000 metres.

Dutch skaters will be in action one particular very last time on Saturday, when Jorrit Bergsma, Sven Kramer, Irene Schouten and Marijke Groenewoud choose element in the two mass get started races.

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