The Sochi 2014 Olympian sped to the top place on the podium in a time of 1:08.26; which was 0.45 seconds faster than his own previous national record set prior to Sochi in January 2013.
In what was a very tight race, the 26-year-old finished just 0.14 seconds ahead of Poland’s Konrad Niedzwiedzki in second place and 0.15 seconds ahead of Dai Dai Ntab from the Netherlands in bronze.
Greig said he breathed a sigh of relief when he stood on top of the podium for the first time this season.
“Honestly I was feeling a little down before the race because things really didn’t come easy the days before. I mostly felt relief [after the 1000m],” Greig said.
“It’s definitely helpful for the coming months for my motivation. I didn’t hit my goals in this first round of Worlds Cups, but I can pit a lot of that down to untimely sickness.
“This race was a glimpse of all of the improvements I have made over the summer.”
Greig has jumped up the world rankings and now sits in 25th place for the men’s 1000m, with 36 spots up for grabs for PyeongChang 2018. His victory has also secured him a place on the 1000m Division A start line for the next World Cup in Erfurt in mid-January.
In his two earlier 500m Division B races in Salt Lake, Greig placed 21st and 22nd respectively.
Greig’s Aussie teammate Josh Capponi unfortunately crashed out in the Mass-Start semi-final on Friday before taking to the ice again in today’s 5000m event, where he placed 28th overall in a time of 6.40.40.
Greig and Capponi will now take a break from competition before the Erfurt World Cup in Germany, held 19-21 January 2018.