Dutchman Patrick Roest prolonged his world allround speed skating title at the world championships in Calgary this weekend.
Roest won the final distance, the 10km, in a time of 12.51.17 to seal his title win, beating Norway’s Sverre Lunde Pedersen and team mate Sven Kramer.
Roest, who took the title last year in Amsterdam after Pedersen fell, told broadcaster NOS that this year’s victory is more rewarding. ‘Now I have really shown that I am the best and that is better,’ he said. ‘Hopefully there will be a lot of titles to follow.’
In the women’s event, the Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková took gold, beating last year’s title holder Miho Takagi. The Netherlands’ Antoinette de Jong took bronze, with Carlijn Achtereekte and Ireen Wüst in fourth and fifth place.
The men’s competition involves races of 500m, 1,500m, 5km and 10km, the women’s 500m, 1,500m, 3km and 5km.
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