Posted: Nov 25, 2012 7:44 AM
Updated: Nov 25, 2012 7:44 AM
KOLOMNA, Russia (AP) Koen Verweij of the Netherlands earned his first career World Cup individual victory Sunday by winning the men's 1,500-meter race.
Verweij finished in 1 minute, 45.56 seconds at the Kolomna speedskating center near Moscow, edging Bart Swings of Belgium by 0.21 seconds.
Brian Hansen of the United States was another 0.14 seconds behind for third.
Verweij was a member of the Dutch team that won the world championships title and two World Cup races in the men's team pursuit last season.
Maurice Vriend of the Netherlands, who won the season-opening 1,500 race in Heerenveen, Netherlands, last weekend, leads the discipline standings with 145 points.