Nuis takes revenge and can defend Olympic title at 1,500 meters



Kjeld Nuis has managed to qualify for the Olympic Games in the 1,500 meters. At the Olympic qualifying tournament in Heerenveen, Nuis took revenge on his disappointing 1,000 meters on the final day, the distance at which he just missed a starting ticket for Beijing. He won the 1,500 meters in 1.43.85.

With this, the Olympic champion, who had to settle for silver behind Thomas Krol last NK, was just faster than his big rival. Krol came in second with 1.43.87 and will ride both the 1,000 and 1,500 meters in Beijing, because he already took that coveted starting permit in the 1,000 meters on Wednesday.

Tension

It was all or nothing for Nuis on the last distance in Heerenveen. On Wednesday he grabbed with 0.12 seconds next to a starting ticket in the 1,000 meters, the distance for which he is also Olympic champion. After the race, it was initially not about his successful 1,500 meters.

“I’m still very disappointed with yesterday,” Nuis said. “So I feel everything mixed up. It hurts so much when you can’t defend a title. So today the tension was up to my ears. I really had to say to myself: keep calm.”

View the reactions of Kjeld Nuis and Tijmen Snel below.