Russia's Viktor Mushtakov claimed his first-ever win at an International Skating Union (ISU) Speed Skating World Cup, coming out on top in the men's 500 metres event in Nur-Sultan today.
The 22-year-old led a Russian one-two finish at the Kazakh capital's Alau Ice Palace, clocking a time of 34.636sec.
Compatriot Ruslan Murashov finished 0.005 seconds behind to take the silver medal.
Rounding off the podium was Canada's Alex Boisvert-Lacroix in 34.730, 0.01 seconds quicker than Russia's Artem Arefyev in fourth place.
Earlier in the evening, the United States' Brittany Bowe won her second women's 1,000m event of the season, in 1:14.280.
Bowe, who set a track record in winning at the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Belarus' capital Minsk last month, finished ahead of Russia's Daria Kachanova and Olga Fatkulina.
Kachanova was runner-up in 1:14.753, while Fatkulina came third in 1:15.093.
The women's 5,000m event saw Canada's Ivanie Blondin secure victory in a track-record time of 6:54.945.
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She edged out Czech Republic's previous track record holder Martina Sáblíková, who had to settle for the silver medal in 6:54.995.
Blondin was joined on the podium by fellow Canadian Isabelle Weidemann, the bronze medallist in 6:55.809.
There was a successful end to the day for The Netherlands, as they won both the men's and women's team sprints.
In the men's event, Ronald Mulder, Kjeld Nuis, Kai Verbij and Thomas Krol prevailed in 1:19.958.
Norway's Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen, Henrik Fagerli Rukke, Bjørn Magnussen and Odin By Farstad finished second in 1:20.301, while Switzerland's Livio Wenger, Christian Oberbichler and Oliver Grob came third in 1:22.167.
As for the women's event, the Dutch quartet of Letitia de Jong, Sanneke de Neeling, Jutta Leerdam and Michelle de Jong posted an unrivalled time of 1:27.955.
Fatkulina, Kachanova and Russian team mates Angelina Golikova and Irina Kuznetsova were the silver medallists in 1:29.700, while Poland's Kaja Ziomek, Karolina Bosiek and Andżelika Wójcik were the bronze medallists in 1:30.091.
Action in Nur-Sultan is due to continue tomorrow, when the women's 500m, men's 1,000m and men's 10,000m events will take centre stage.