Speed skaters Peter Michael and Reyon Kay will turn their attention to New Zealand's team pursuit campaign after finishing outside the medals in the individual 1500m.

Michael followed his fourth place in the 5000m by finishing 14th, briefly in bronze medal position as the ninth two-man race of 18 through at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday.

But his time of 1:46.39 was 2.38 seconds off Dutch winner Kjeld Nuis, who was 0.85 ahead of silver medallist compatriot Patrick Roest and almost a second in front of bronze winner Seok Kim Min of Korea.

Kay placed 26th, 3.8 seconds off the pace.

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The New Zealanders will contest Sunday's team pursuit qualification with veteran Shane Dobbin, who will compete in the individual 10,000m in PyeongChang three days prior.

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