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On Monday we told you about US Speedskating’s strong finish in the final races of the 2012 ISU World Cup season in Berlin, Germany. After a tough loss in the 1500m that saw Shani Davis slipping from first to third in the overall world cup rankings for that distance, the Olympic gold medalist had something to prove in Sunday’s 1000m event.
In the race embedded above, it’s clear that Davis’ victory was far from guaranteed. Going into the event, Davis trailed his pair, Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands, in the overall world cup points total. At the 600m mark Davis was tied for 5th place with Groothuis but managed to pull out the race win. Groothuis’ fourth place finish dropped him from first to second in the overall rankings and allows Davis to win another world cup title.
We’re less than ten days from the final speedskating event of the season, the World Single Distance Championships. It should be a heck of a brawl.
If you missed the results from this past weekend’s world cup final catch up here: