2 March 2012 – Heerenveen, The NETHERLANDS
Shani Davis continues to deliver when the stakes are highest.
Racing in the final pairing at a hallowed venue in a speedskating-crazed nation, Shani earned a crucial second-straight 1500m victory on the World Cup circuit to extended his lead in the Overall standings.
Winning in 1:46.89, just .09 ahead of Dutchman Kjeld Nuis (1:46.98), it was Davis’ 15th career victory at the distance and 49th overall. The two-time Olympic 1500m Silver Medalist now stands alone in second on the all-time single-race World Cup victory list behind Canadian hall-of-fame sprinter Jeremy Wotherspoon (67).
After missing the podium in two of his first three 1500m World Cup races earlier this season, Shani’s second-straight 100 point win vaulted him to 380 points in the Overall season standings, almost 60 points better than Norwegian Havard Bokko (322).
Shani has a day of rest before the World Cup 1000m contest, when he tries to chase down Overall leader Stefan Groothuis of The Netherlands.
[Photo Credit:Martin de Jong]