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.
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.
.@Vince_DeHaitre says his foot wasn’t 100% and neither was he. Got sick a few days ago too. He’s already looking ahead to 2020 - says you’re likely to catch him competing for Canada on a bike & skates again. Was 19th tonight - 1 better than #Sochi. @CBCOlympics@cbcsports
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.