The Netherlands’ Kjeld Nuis claimed his second speed skating Olympic gold medal of Pyeongchang 2018, snatching victory from Norway’s Havard Lorentzen in the men’s 1,000 metres event today.
Nuis, winner of the 1,500m gold medal last Tuesday (February 13), clocked a time of 1min 7.95sec when competing in the final pairing to beat Lorentzen by 0.04 seconds at the Gangneung Oval.
South Korea’s Kim Tae-Yun took the bronze medal, finishing 0.27 seconds behind.
Nuis becomes the third man to win the 1,000m and 1,500m events at a single Winter Olympics, following in the footsteps of the United States’ Eric Heiden and Canada’s Gaétan Boucher.
They had achieved the feat at Lake Placid 1980 and Sarajevo 1984 respectively.
Nuis also becomes the first current men's 1,000m world champion to win the Olympic gold medal in the event.
"The 1,500m [gold medal] was a victory and this is a relief," Nuis, who initially made a false start, said.
"I was psyched to get this one.
"I really felt the tension today and after the false start the nerves were running through my body.
"But now it doesn’t matter any more."
Lorentzen’s silver secured Norway's first medal in the event since 1984 when Kai Arne Engelstad took bronze.
The only other two Norwegian medallists in the event are Frode Rønning, the bronze medallist in 1980, and Jørn Didriksen, the silver medallist at Innsbruck 1976.
Having also won the men's 500m event on Monday (February 19), Lorentzen becomes the first Norwegian to win multiple medals in individual speed skating events at one Winter Olympics since Lillehammer 1994, when Johann Olav Koss won three and Kjell Storelid two.
"It was a good race, but it wasn’t my perfect race and that’s a little bit disappointing," Lorentzen said.
"But I am super happy to have a silver medal."
Kim becomes the third speed skater from South Korea to win a medal in the men's 1,000m.
Kim Yoon-Man and Mo Tae-Bum were silver medallists at Albertville 1992 and Vancouver 2010 respectively.
"It is like a dream," Kim said.
Speed skating medal action at Pyeongchang 2018 is due to conclude tomorrow, when the men's and women's mass start events are scheduled to be held.
The Netherlands have won seven gold medals in the sport thus far and 14 overall.