Kuzin, Wust win at speedskating worlds

Denis Kuzin won his and Kazakhstan’s first major title by taking the 1,000 meters at the speedskating world championships on Friday.

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Published: Fri 22 Mar 2013, 8:24 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 12:10 PM

Also, Ireen Wust led a Dutch 1-2 finish in the women’s 1,500 to claim her second gold medal in as many days.

Kuzin finished in 1 minute, 9.14 seconds to edge out Olympic 500 champion Mo Tae-bum of South Korea by one-tenth of a second. Olympic 1,000 champ Shani Davis of the United States was third, six-hundredths of a second behind Mo.

Mo, the Olympic 1,000 silver medallist, led at the 600-meter mark followed by Davis, the three-time world champ at the distance. But Kuzin blazed the fastest time of 26.6 seconds for the last 400 meters.

“I wanted to resign before this season,” said Kuzin, who broke his shoulder last summer. “After surgery I was told I have no chance of coming back into sports but I began to work and reached my goal. I will come back to Sochi next year, hoping to win again.”

Wust, who won the 3,000 on Thursday, clocked 1:55.38 at Adler Arena to claim her 12th championship gold. Her teammate Lotte van Beek was a distant 2.64 seconds behind. Defending champ Christine Nesbitt of Canada was third.

The men’s 5,000 was later Friday.

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