Essent ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championship. Day 2
On March 22, "Adler-Arena" continued to hold the Essent ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships staged by the Organizing Committee Sochi 2014 in cooperation with the Russian Skating Union (RSU) and the International Skating Union (ISU).
On the second day of the Championship, awards were contested at 1,000 m and 5,000 for men and 1,500 m for women.
The men's world champion in the 1,000 m was Kazakhstan's Denis Kuzin, and silver went to Korean Mo Tae-Bum. The third step of the podium was occupied by American Shane Davis and this was his second medal in two days.
The 5,000 meters was won by Sven Kramer (Netherlands). Second place was gained by Jorrit Bergsma (Netherlands), and the second bronze medal in two days was won by Sochi 2014 Ambassador Ivan Skobrev fr om Russia.
There were 47 athletes from 16 countries at the start of the men's competitions.
Ireen Wüst (Netherlands) won her second gold in two days ahead of compatriot Lotte van Beek and Christine Nesbitt (Canada) in the 1,500 meters.
18 athletes from 10 different countries took part in the women's competitions.
On March 23 as part of the Championship, there will be competitions at 1,000 m and 5,000 m for women and 10,00 m for men.
Denis Kuzin (Kazakhstan) - first place in the men's 1,000 m:
"I still cannot believe I'm the world champion, I did not believe I could win. My feelings are all over the place. This is my first win at world competition level. Today, the ice for me was great, and as good as it gets. I won a year before the Olympics, and I hope to repeat this success."
"The championship is being held in Sochi, wh ere home surroundings help. Yesterday they helped Denis Yuskov and they help us Kazakhs, too."
Irene Wüst (Netherlands) - first place in the women's 1,500 m:
“Great day for me, satisfied and happy for that. It was a very good race and good start for me. I have a good feeling for next year and it gives me confidence that I can race fast on this Olympic track. Hope to achieve this result also next year during the Olympics”
Notes to the Editor
"Adler-Arena" is intended for the staging of speed skating competitions. The ice rink has been specially designed so as to guarantee that the speed skaters can achieve the best possible times.
The height of the building is 24.7 m and length is 274 m, which is exactly the length of three football fields. The total area of the 3 ice tracks at the area is approximately equivalent to 3 hockey pitches.
The building is oval in shape with tinted gray-blue stained glass. Modern concrete technology was used for the construction of the support structures to provide the strength and safety of the building.