Swedish star Nils van der Poel propels Patrick Roest to the money again
Sweden’s Nils van der Poel won gold in the men’s 10,000 meters in speed skating with a new world record of 12.30.74, beating Dutchman Patrick Roest to the Olympic silver position by nearly 14 seconds.
Bronze went to Italian Davide Ghiotto while reigning Olympic champion Jorrit Bergsma finished fourth.
Van der Poel, named after a Dutch grandfather, was the favorite for the gold and had also won the world title in a world record a year ago.
Poels, who also beat Roest in the 5,000 metres, made headlines earlier this week when he accused Dutch skating officials of “corruption”.
He made the statement when asked about an interview in Dutch with a Dutch ice manager who said he had tried to influence Olympic track ice makers to reduce the temperature of the ice, which which would benefit Dutch skaters.
Dutch technical director Maurits Hendriks reportedly called van der Poel’s remarks “unworthy of an Olympic champion”.
“There is only one person who has influence over the temperature of the ice and that is the ISU,” he said.
The Dutch short track skaters are in action later in the day.
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