Flemish speed skater wins mass start world championship
Bart Swings has followed up his Olympic silver medal in mass start with gold at the world championships
Mass start has only been part of speed skating since 2011. The race has a much more complicated trajectory – and scoring system – than traditional speed skating, taking on a roller derby kind of feel as skaters jostle for position over 16 laps, or 6,400 metres.
Swings only had seven competitors in Belarus; many of the world’s top speed skaters sat this year out because of how close the world championships fell after the Winter Olympic Games. Swings won the silver medal at the Games for mass start. It was the first time that mass start was part of the Olympic Games.