The encouraging result marks Greig’s highest place finish since the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. This comes off the back of an uninterrupted preseason, with the last two seasons impacted by injury.
Unfortunately in the 1000m, Greig finished in 32nd place after getting caught up with his opponent while passing, which slowed him down, and then also stumbled later in the race.
Joshua Capponi also competed for Australia, finishing in 23rd place in the B Division 5000m event and 13th in his mass start semi-final.
After the race OWIA Long Track Speed Skating Head Coach Desly Hill commented.
"Both boys had lowland season best times in Nagano, it was a better weekend for them than China."
"Daniel's 500m performance went much better than last week, and he is much closer to the fastest guys, so we are happy with that."
"Joshua did his second fastest time ever in the 5000m and raced a very high level mass start heat with most of the worlds best. Joshua is able to stay in the group but was unable to get through to the final."
The Australian athletes will now have a weekend off competing before the next stop on the World Cup circuit in Astana, Kazakhstan, on December 2-4.
IMAGE: The venue for the Nagano World Cup © Joshua Capponi Instagram