Pavel Kulizhnikov broke the world record in the men's 1,000m ©ISU

Pavel Kulizhnikov became the first person to break the 68 second barrier at the Thialf Ice Stadium in Heerenveen over 1,000 metres today at the International Skating Union Speed Skating World Cup.

The Russian clocked a blistering 1min 07.97 to win gold as he continues his recovery from injury.

Dutchman Kai Verbij had to settle for second place, in 1:08.12, while Norway's 500m winner Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen managed bronze in 1:08.28.

Kulizhnikov, who finished out of the medals over 500m, revealed afterwards that he had missed two weeks of training through injury.

“I suffered from a groin injury and the 500m was harder for me than the 1000m, because the 500m is more explosive,” he said. 

“I’m in good shape now, but I still need a little more time to recover.”

The 23-year-old has been a controversial figure in the sport after two drug test suspensions, including one for meldonium last year which was later lifted after doubts emerged on how long the substance remains in the human body.

Nao Kodaira won her third gold of the week in the corresponding women's event to add to her two 500m victories.

The 31-year-old won in 1:13.99 in front of Japanese team-mate Miho Takagi.

Nao Kodaira continued her superb form today on Dutch ice ©ISU
Nao Kodaira continued her superb form today on Dutch ice ©ISU

Takagi clocked 1:14.45 as The Netherlands' Jorien ter Mors finished two tenths further back for third.

Host nation frustration was finally dispelled in the women's 3,000m as Antoinette de Jong claimed a maiden World Cup win.

It marked the first home victory of the weekend.

The 22-year-old won with a time of 4:03.53 as several of the biggest names in the sport faltered.

Natalia Voronina of Russia took silver in 4:04.00 and Ivanie Blondin of Canada the bronze in 4:04.16. 

Reigning world and Olympic Ireen Wüst finished a disappointing sixth in 4:05.54 while Czech world silver medallist Martina Sáblíková was seventh in 4:05.70 as she struggles with a back injury.

“I think nobody has ever been so excited about winning a World Cup than me today,” said de Jong.

"I feel great and I’m very confident about the rest of the season, but this is just one weekend.

“I have to perform next weekend again and there are many races yet to come.”