Day four at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games saw New Zealand speed skaters Peter Michael and Reyon Kay competing in the men’s 1500m at the Gangneung Oval.

Peter Michael finished 14th and Reyon Kay finished in 26th.

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"It was decent,” said Reyon, underlining that the main focus is on the team pursuit event.

“1500, it’s not really my event. The goal was just to get it under the belt and shake off the nerves for the team pursuit. I’m happy with the result. It could have been better but for the first Olympic race I’m not mad at it.

“If you look at what Pete’s done in this race with his lap time it shows the team pursuit training has been paying off. We’re in good nick.”

After recording the fastest final lap in the 5000m race on Sunday, Peter Michael once again saved his best form for the finishing lap.

“I would have liked to have started a little bit quicker,” said Michael, “but the end definitely came through nice and strong so that’s good to note for the team pursuit. I’m definitely happy about that.

“I’ve talked to my coach and there’s a couple of little technical things that we’ll change before the team pursuit. So that will help me stay a little more energetic throughout the whole race.

Coach Kalon Dobbin said, “The biggest thing was seeing Pete’s last laps. There was under one second between the first and last laps so that’s exactly what we need to see for the team pursuit. He’s going to be anchoring it all the way home. I was really, really happy with the races tonight.

“Now we’ve just got to lay it down on race day.”

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