Dutch men’s podiumErin Scotten takes gold in the 5000m at the World Cup in Stavanger. The 29-year-old skater from Andijk was the fastest with a record of 6.52.38.
Ragne Wiklund seemed to be diving under Schouten’s track record for a long time, but in the last three rounds the 21-year-old skater from Oslo has fallen somewhat, despite the encouragement of the Norwegian public. Canada’s Isabelle Weidmann took the silver with a record of 6.54.95.
Antoinette de Jong took seventh place with a time of 7.05.23. Joy Byun came in at 7.10.37 and finished 11th and penultimate.
Schouten was already the best in the 3000m last week with a declining schedule, when she overtook Antoinette de Jong by two quick finals. On the stage against Weideman at 5,000m, Schouten immediately took a slight lead and stuck to that margin. However, the Canadian stayed close to the Zanlander team skater in the laps, but missed the advantage of diving behind her opponent’s back at the crossover. Schouten increased the margin with a lightning-fast final round of 31.9.
Scotten has won the gold medal three times this season in the National Distance Championships and is also performing excellently at the World Cup with three wins. “I should be enjoying it more,” Schouten said in front of the NOS camera. “In a few years I think the realization will come: It’s special that you win so many World Cups in a row. And I also know what it’s like to get 10th, so I should really enjoy that, I don’t just have to think, well, And again, am I also enjoying the ease with which I won here, maybe that’s what it sounds like, but it also takes a lot of strength for me.”
Leerdam should settle for fourth place
Gotta Leerdam finished fourth in the 1000m at the World Cup in Stavanger, Norway. The 22-year-old South Holland reached a time of 1.15.22. Just like last week in Poland, the victory went to American Brittany Bowie, who set a record 1.14.16.
Leerdam improved from its fifth place a week ago. Erin West ranked ninth with a score of 1.16.14. Fimky Cook came in 17th place with 1.17.57.
Just like the week before, 33-year-old Bowe was ahead of Japanese figure skaters Miho Takagi and Nao Kodaira. With her new track record, the American was clearly faster than Takagi 1.15.01, who defeated Leerdam with a quick last lap. Kodaira came in third with 1.15.16.
Leerdam missed the medals, but managed to get positive points from her race. “I felt more potential, the first 600m went very well,” Leerdam told NOS. “It gives me some peace of mind. I also felt it in my session. I was a bit disappointed on the last lap, I was so excited to get to the finish.”
Just like the week before, Femke Kok couldn’t share in the medals. “It was bad again. The opening and first rounds went well, but the last round was a drama. I’m still dizzy after the ride, and I’m shocked that this is happening now,” said Cook, who noted that he also got dizzy after the ride. On the other hand, I also know that I can go quickly from deep valleys to high peaks.”
The Dutch podium with the men
There was an all-Dutch men’s podium, just like last week in Poland. Thomas Kroll was fastest in the 1000m with a time of 1.08.66. At the last stage, he did not live up to the time of Kai Verbig, who had long hoped for gold.
Kroll was only two hundred faster than his teammate Verbig. Kjeld Nuis has been behind it for a very short time. Hein Otterspeer, who won his first World Cup race in Poland last week, hit 1.08.95 in a chaotic race. He ranked eighth. Merijn Scheperkamp finished 19th with 1.10.27.
A week ago, Kroll had to leave the victory to Ottersberg by a narrow margin. ,, Last week you were 0.02 behind, now ahead of you. Glad I’m on the right side. This is the second time now that she has come three times in a row.”
“You can already see at the NK distances that we have four of the best skaters in the world in the 1,000 metres,” Kroll said. I think everyone who loves to skate will be looking forward to the Olympic qualifiers. One of the four of us would stay home anyway.”
Kroll, the 1,500m world champion, did not finish 16th at the World Cup last week in a head-to-head duel with Noyce. The Jumbo-Visma skater mainly sought the reason for this with his skates not being properly sharpened. I did not advance. After a day it was fine again. That’s all I can come up with.”
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