He was a teenager then. At 21, he has greater experience and is maturing into a strong skater. The threat he poses to the world's best was demonstrated in Nottingham late last year when he covered 1,500 metres more than a second quicker than the world record. Hand-timing, rather than electronic recording, meant his performance was not acknowledged officially, but although only the 500m and 1,000m, plus a relay, are raced at the Olympics, his form will not have gone unnoticed.
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