Nils van der Poel came to Thialf to celebrate the 10,000 kilometers, but no one could have imagined the way he kept home in Thialf on Sunday afternoon.
The 24-year-old Swede shot to the world title in Thialf on Sunday afternoon and did so in a world record time. With 12,32.95, he broke the record of the Canadian Graeme Fish, who had set 12,33.86 a year ago in Calgary and then captured the global title. More than fourteen years ago, Sven Kramer Thialf had delivered the last world record.
Van der Poel had already taken gold on the 5000 meters last Thursday. Then he defeated very surprisingly top favorite Patrick Roest, who had won everything on the five kilometers this season. Rust sunk through the ice at the longest distance on Sunday. With 13.09,42 he did not come near the stage: seventh place. Jorrit Bergsma slipped 12.45,87 to silver. Alexander Rumanshev grabbed the bronze with 12.54,74.
Rust will have to wait a little longer for its first individual gold medal at a World Cup distances. Although the Dutchman will now focus his sights on gold in Beijing, next year at the Olympic Games in China.