Van der Poel sets speedskating 10,000 world record

<p>HEERENVEEN, Netherlands &mdash; Nils van der Poel of Sweden set a world record in the 10,000 meters on Sunday to win his second title at the world single distances speedskating championships at the Thialf Oval.</p>
<p>Van der Poel’s winning time of 12:32.95 shaved nearly a second off the record set a year ago by Graeme Fish of Canada at the Utah Olympic Oval.</p>
<p>“Eat fish for dinner!” a beaming Van der Poel yelled into a camera after his victory.</p>
<p>Jorrit Bergsma of the Netherlands, the 2014 Olympic 10,000-meter champion, was second nearly 13 seconds behind the dominant Van der Poel.</p>
<p>Russian skater Alexander Rumyantsev was third. </p>
<p>Van der Poel’s victory came after he won the 5,000 on Thursday, beating pre-race favorite Patrick Roest into second place.</p>
<p>“It was the challenge of my life,” the Swede with a Dutch grandfather said of Sunday’s race in an interview with broadcaster NOS. “And also it’s a new club record in my club in Trollhättan, so don’t forget that,” he added with a smile.</p>
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