The Chinese Zhongyan Ning surprised the Dutch trio Patrick Roest, Kjeld Nuis and Thomas Krol at the world cup in Nur-Sultan on the 1,500 meters. Among the women, Ireen Wüst took silver behind Ivanie Blondin on skating miles.
The only twenty-year-old Ning already stood out this season with a number of fast times and second place in the 1,000 meters at the World Cup in Minsk. On Sunday, the Chinese booked its first World Cup victory at 1,500 meters in Kazakhstan.
In a direct duel with world record holder Nuis, Ning rushed to a track record of 1.44.918. Roest took the silver by a strong final round (1.45.088), Nuis had to settle for bronze (1.45.214) and world champion Krol finished fourth (1.45.500).
Marce Bosker, who was completely destroyed in the 10 kilometers on Saturday, clocked the seventh fastest time in the 1,500 meters at 1.46.312. Wesly Dijs finished second in the B-group earlier on Sunday.
In the first two world cups of this season, the victory in the 1,500 meters went to Nuis (Minsk) and Krol (Tomaszów Mazowiecki). Nuis retains the lead in the World Cup rankings.
Ivanie Blondin (left) won the 1,500 meter, Brittany Bowe (right) came in third. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Just not a third victory in a row for Wüst
Among the women, Blondin in the Alau Ice Palace on the 1,500 meters improved the seven-year-old track record of her compatriot Christine Nesbitt. With a time of 1.55,599, the Canadian was 28 hundredths faster than Wüst (1.55,881).
The bronze went to Brittany Bowe, who collapsed in the final round: 1.55,960. The American Antoinette Jong (1.56.238) did point to fourth place. Melissa Wijfje set the seventh fastest time (1.56,837) and Reina Anema became thirteenth in 1.58.940.
Wüst won the 1,500 meters at the first two world cups of this season in Minsk and Tomaszów Mazowiecki.
Blondin was already the best on 5,000 meters in Nur-Sultan on Friday. The 29-year-old skater has never before achieved a world cup victory in the 1,500 meters and is the first Canadian with a World Cup victory over the mile in seven years. Nesbitt won on December 2, 2012 a 1,500 meters in Astana, the current Nur-Sultan.
Jorien ter Mors canceled Sunday as a precaution for the 1,500 meters in Kazakhstan. The 2014 Olympic champion at this distance has a cold and wants to regain her mind after a difficult period. Esmee Visser was seventh in the B group as her replacement.
See also: Overview: Results and world cup program in Nur-Sultan