Dutch speed skater Kjeld Nuis wins double gold in 1,000 and 1,500

Canadians finish well off the podium

By Pete Evans, CBC Sports

Dutch skater Kjeld Nuis won his second gold medal of the OIympic Games on Friday, putting in the best time in the men's 1,000.

Nuis, the final skater in the event, shaved 0.04 of a second off the time set by his Norwegian rival Havard Lorentzen in the previous heat.

Lorentzen won the 500, and was trying to become just the second man ever to pull off the double-gold feat in the two sprint events by winning the 1000, too.

Instead it was Nuis who did a double Dutch of his own, becoming just the third person to win gold in the 1,000 and the 1,500 at the same Games. Canadian Gaetan Boucher accomplished the same thing at the 1984 Games. American Eric Heiden was the other, in 1980.

Canadian results

Several Canadians competed in the race, but none finished near the podium.

Alexandre St-Jean was the top Canadian, in 11th place with a time of one minute, 9.24 seconds.

Another Canadian, Vincent de Haitre, was a dark horse contender for a medal, coming into the race ranked third in the world at the distance. But he injured his heel coming into these Games, and it seemed to be a factor.

He finished a disappointing 21st in the 1,500, and fared little better in Friday's race, coming in 19th place with a time of one minute, 09.79 seconds. He told the CBC's Charlsie Agro after the race that his foot was an issue, as was an illness he contracted a few days ago.

A third Canadian, Laurent DuBreuil, finished in 25th place with a time of one minute, 10.03 seconds. After the race, he told Agro he was skating on a partially broken skate, which likely limited his performance.