Dutch short track speed skater Sjinkie Knegt took the men’s overall world title in Moscow on Sunday.
Knegt beat his closest rival Park Se-yeong of South Korea by 0.023 seconds in the final 3,000-meter race. He becomes the first European-born skater to win the men’s overall title since 1991, news agency AP said.
‘I knew I had to win the super final,’ Knegt said after the race. ‘It was a gamble and I did not know who was behind me. But at a certain point I thought “I just have to go for it”.’
Knegt had been disqualified in the 1,000 metres, making his chance of a medal slim.
In the end, he also took silver in the 1,500 metres and was part of the Dutch team which won bronze in the men’s relay event.
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