Jordan Stolz impressed again on Saturday. The American skating phenomenon won the 1,500 meters in Quebec in a new track record and left Wesly Dijs and Thomas Krol without a chance.
Stolz drove a time of 1.44.01 in the Center de Glaces, falling 65 hundredths below the old track record, which had been held by the Canadian Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu since last year. There have been few skating competitions in Quebec, because the hall has only existed since 2021.
With his top time, Stolz, who also won the 1,000 meters on Friday, left his Chinese opponent Ning Zhongyan without a chance. Ning came to 1.44.79. With that second time he took the overall victory in the World Cup classification. Canadian Connor Howe completed the podium with 1.45.73.
The Dutch Dijs and Krol finished well behind Stolz. Dijs (1.46.25) and Krol (1.46.26) were more than two seconds slower than the American prodigy and finished fifth and sixth respectively.
For 31-year-old Krol, his sixth place was a boost. The Jumbo-Visma driver has not yet been able to make any progress this season and recorded his best result of the season in international competitions in Quebec.
With Patrick Roest and Kjeld Nuis, the two Dutch top athletes in the 1,500 meters were missing. Reigning Olympic champion Nuis is still struggling with the aftermath of a heavy fall last week in Salt Lake City. Roest preferred to train.