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For the second time in as many days, the US’s Jonathan Kuck has found himself on the podium at the ISU World Single Distance Speedskating Championships. The 21-year-old from Champaign, IL took the bronze medal in the men’s 10km event less than 24 hours after winning the bronze in the 5km.
Dutch distance star Bob de Jong took the win in front of an enthusiastic home crowd, completing the 25 lap race around the 400m oval in 12:53.91. His countryman, Jorrit Bergsma, took the silver medal, finishing in 12:57.71. Kuck, who has been the strongest US distance skater over the past two years, finished in a time of 13:12.66. Kuck will anchor the US team in tomorrow’s team pursuit event.
Only one other American skater has medaled in this distance at the World Single Distance Championships, Chad Hedrick won a bronze medal in 2004 and 2005.