9 March 2014 – Inzell, GERMANY
Two-time Olympic Champion Shani Davis returned to the top of the podium, winning yet another 1000m World Cup contest just weeks after missing the Olympic podium in Sochi.
Davis skated 1:08.70 to best all the big names, including 2014 Olympic Champion Stefan Groothuis (1:08.80) and U.S. team-mate Brian Hansen (1:08.90), who finished third.
It was Shani’s 40th World Cup 1000m win – most all-time – and career 58th individual victory, moving him within nine of the all-time men’s record held by Canadian Jeremy Wotherspoon (67).
Winning his fourth WC 1000m race in five tries this season, Shani clinches the 1000m World Cup Overall title to guarantee a record sixth Overall crown at the distance.
At 1500m Shani maintained his narrow lead over Dutchman Koen Verweij in the Overall standings, finishing fourth.
[photo credit: EFE/EPA Andreas Gebert]