The race for the men’s 1000m overall crown was wide open entering the final and Liu Shaolin Sandor’s (HUN) gold settled it.
Wu Dajing’s (CHN) hopes were dashed after skating to last.
The race itself mirrored the world cup race, with the lead shuffling among all four skaters in the last four laps. Eventually, Liu made the move at the right time to cross the line first.
“It was a really good race, there was so much action. It’s been really exciting from the quarterfinals,” he said after winning his second individual gold this season.
“I hope I can get more experience like this (winning gold).”
Girard agreed. “I knew it would be a fast race, everyone wants to be in front, nobody wants to be at the back because there’s a lot of fighting. I think I did pretty well, I attacked, I wasn’t holding it back.”
The previous event at Shanghai only gave the Canadian, who was third at the world championships, a relay bronze so he was pleased with his effort in Seoul.
“I had a good start [to the world cup]. In Shanghai, it was a bit tougher I would say, but I came back stronger here. I will train hard for the Olympics and I would be ready for that.”
The confirmed list of quota places for the PyeongChang Olympics will be announced by the ISU.
Dutchman Sjinkie Knegt, the world cup leader coming into Seoul, was penalised in the semifinals.
Ren Ziwei of China won the B final.
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