Urbana's Kuck skates to bronze at world meet

Urbana's Jonathan Kuck won his first medal ever at the World Single Distance Championships by taking third place in Friday's 5,000 meters at Heerenveen, the Netherlands.

With a time of 6 minutes, 16.28 seconds, Kuck was behind Dutch skaters Sven Kramer (6:13.87) and Bob de Jong (6:15.26).

Kuck, 21, who skated in the pair before De Jong, had a faster time than the Dutchman going into the final lap, but he needed 1.2 seconds more for the last 400 meters.

"Jonathan attacked today's 5,000m from the gun," said U.S. coach Kip Carpenter.  "It was great to see his confidence show through."

Kramer, 25, won the 5,000 title for the fourth time, including three straight from 2007 through 2009.  He did not compete last year.

This was the second appearance at the single distance championships for Kuck, a student at the University of Illinois.  He finished sixth in the 5,000 last year and seventh in the 1,500 meters Thursday.

Two-time Olympic champion Shani Davis finished third in Friday's 1,000 after a fourth in Thursday's 1,500.

Davis, who was the defending 1,000 champion, will go without an individual title at the single distance meet (held all but Olympic years) after taking at least one in his previous five appearances.  He also won Olympic 1,000 gold medals in 2006 and 2010.

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