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Joey Mantia extends U.S. medal streak at speed skating worlds; Dutch dominance returns

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Joey Mantia ensured the host U.S. finished with a medal at the world single distances championships. Ireen WüstKjeld Nuis and Jorrit Bergsma ensured the Netherlands finished atop the medal standings.

Mantia joined Shani Davis as the only U.S. men to earn individual medals at three different editions of the championships, taking bronze in the 1500m on the last day of the speed skating meet at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

Mantia won the mass start at the last two worlds in 2017 and 2019 (and finished fifth on Sunday, after the 1500m bronze).

Mantia clocked a personal best 1:42.16 in the fifth of 12 pairs of the 1500m. It held up until Nuis (1:41.66) and countryman Thomas Krol (1:41.73) in the last two pairs.

“Was starting to think that I’m so old that I can’t time trial anymore,” Mantia, a 34-year-old whose last 1500m personal best came in 2015, told media in Utah. “Maybe there’s a little bit of hope left.”

Mantia’s medal extended the U.S. streak of making the podium at every world championships this millennium — 16 straight. The single bronze is the smallest medal output since 2000.

Full results are here.

Wüst and Nuis gave the Dutch a sweep of the men’s and women’s 1500m titles, two years after they did the same at the PyeongChang Olympics. Bergsma, an Olympic and world 10,000m champion, earned his first global medal of any color — gold — in the 16-lap mass start.

The Netherlands failed to earn any golds in Olympic program events on the first two days of the four-day competition. The dominant Dutch, who topped the medal standings at every Olympics and worlds dating to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, entered Sunday trailing Russia.

But Wüst began the day by clocking 1:50.92 to win the 1500m by .21 over Russian Yevgenia Lalenkova. American medal hope Brittany Bowe, the 2015 World champion who took bronze last year, finished 14th a day after taking eighth in her world-record 1000m distance.

Nuis and Krol went one-two in the men’s 1500m to tie Russia’s medal total. Then Irene Schouten took bronze in the women’s mass start to put the Netherlands ahead for good, followed by Bergsma’s capper.

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World records fall at speed skating worlds; Dutch reign ends

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The world single distances speed skating championships produced two world records Friday. And, for the first time, a non-Dutch winner of the men’s 10,000m.

Graeme Fish led a Canadian one-two in the 10,000m, clocking 12:33.86 to take 2.44 seconds off silver medalist Ted-Jan Bloemen‘s world record from 2015. Full results are here.

The Netherlands was shut out of the medals altogether in an event it won at all 19 prior world championships.

Fish, a 22-year-old from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, is in his first full season of senior racing at the top international level. He said he was so tired after Friday’s effort that he threw up at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

“I did break Ted’s record, but he’s the reason I’m here. He’s taught me everything he knows,” Fish told Dutch broadcaster NOS. “I don’t know if I’m surprised. I think I was capable of it.”

Later, Japan lowered its world record in the women’s team pursuit from 2:50.87 to 2:50.76. Russian Pavel Kulizhnikov and Japanese Nao Kodaira won the 500m events.

The Netherlands, so dominant in recent years, failed to win any of the first six Olympic events between the first two days of the four-day competition. Saturday’s slate includes American Brittany Bowe defending her world title in the 1000m.

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2020 World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships TV, live stream schedule

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Americans Brittany Bowe and Joey Mantia defend their titles at the world single distances speed skating championships, streaming live on NBC Sports Gold from the 2002 Olympic oval in Kearns, Utah, this weekend.

Medal events run from Thursday through Sunday on the world’s fastest ice. Ten of the 12 world records in Olympic events were set at this venue.

Some of those world-record holders are on this week’s start lists. Bowe, a two-time U.S. Olympian, lowered the 1000m world record at the Utah Olympic Oval last March as part of a seven-race World Cup win streak in the event that was snapped last week.

Bowe, fourth in the PyeongChang Olympic 1000m in her comeback from a concussion, seeks her third world title in the distance. Her biggest challengers include the Olympic silver and bronze medalists — Japanese Nao Kodaira and Miho Takagi. PyeongChang Olympic champion Jorien ter Mors did not make the deep Dutch team.

Mantia, a fellow Ocala, Fla., native, goes for his third straight world title in the mass start, an event that made its Olympic debut in PyeongChang. Mantia leads this season’s World Cup standings in the often unpredictable discipline.

The international contingent is led by the Dutch, who topped the medal standings at every Olympics and worlds dating to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games. Their star-laden cast includes Ireen Wuest and Sven Kramer, the most decorated male and female speed skaters in Olympic history with a combined 20 medals.

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Day Time (ET) Event Network
Thursday 2:30 p.m. Women’s 3000m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
3:39 p.m. Men’s 5000m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
5:25 p.m. Women’s Team Sprint NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
5:42 p.m. Men’s Team Sprint NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
Friday 4 p.m. Men’s 10,000m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
5:58 p.m. Women’s Team Pursuit NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
6:30 p.m. Men’s 500m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
7:09 p.m. Women’s 500m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
Saturday 1 a.m.* Day 2 Highlights Olympic Channel | STREAM
2:30 p.m. Women’s 5000m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
3:35 p.m. Men’s 1000m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
4:22 p.m. Women’s 1000m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
5:09 p.m. Men’s Team Pursuit NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
Sunday 1:30 a.m.* Day 3 Highlights Olympic Channel | STREAM
2:30 p.m. Women’s 1500m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
3:25 p.m. Men’s 1500m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
4:21 p.m. Women’s Mass Start NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
4:43 p.m. Men’s Mass Start NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
Monday 1 a.m.* Day 4 Highlights Olympic Channel | STREAM

*Delayed broadcast