SALT LAKE CITY, USA - Graeme Fish is on top of the world, having captured a gold medal in the 10,000m at the ISU World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Salt Lake City on Friday. In the process, he set a new World Record with a time of 12:33.868, besting teammate Ted-Jan Bloemen’s mark from 2015. Bloemen earned a medal of his own in the distance – a silver – while the ladies Team Pursuit skated to bronze.
Fish, a 22-year-old native of Moose Jaw, Sask. who is only in his second full year on the international circuit, skated flat lap times – hovering between 29.5 and 30.3 seconds – throughout his 25 tours around the oval. The blistering pace put his time almost two and a half seconds under the existing World Record and twelve seconds faster than his previous personal best. Fish also makes his mark on history as the first non-Dutch skater to be crowned 10,000m World Champion.