The Associated Press AMSTERDAM (AP) — In a stunning finish to the World Allround Speed Skating Championships, Dutchman Patrick Roest won the men’s title Sunday after Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway fell in the closing 10,000-meter race as he was on track for a convincing overall victory.
Pedersen picked himself up off the ice at the temporary, outdoor oval at Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium and still managed to come back to beat nine-time allround champion Sven Kramer in their head-to-head battle to finish second overall.
But he lost so much time that a title that was his for the taking slipped through his fingers and went to Roest.
After the race, Pedersen sat at the side of the oval with his head in his hands as Kramer gave him a consoling pat on the back.
“I am almost never falling,” Pedersen said. “I don’t know what to say.”
In a changing of the guard, Pedersen’s fall handed the allround title to Roest, Kramer’s 22-year-old teammate and training partner.
“I can’t believe it,” Roest said. “Of course it’s a shame that Sverre fell. You wouldn’t wish that on him. But it’s very cool to be world champion allround.”