It is the first time this season that Cook has reached the podium. In the World Cup competitions, fourth place was the best result this season. Cook won the silver medal in the 500m at the 2021 World Championships behind the absent Russian Angelina Golikova.
Cook opened with a fast 10.35 on her flight against Kurumi Inagawa of Japan. She kept this speed well and was well ahead of her opponent. Only Herzog was a little faster a lap.
For Erdam, this is the first ever World Cup medal in the 500 metres. She defeated South Korea’s Kim Min-sun on her ride, who won five of the six World Cup races. After a strong final piece, Leerdam was slightly faster, but nowhere near Cook’s time. Michelle de Jong set 37.86 in the final round. With that, Cook’s teammate finished seventh.
Dutch skaters are disqualified in the team pursuit at world championship distances. The Dutch trio of Marijke Groenewood, Joy Byun and Irene Schouten had set the best time a little earlier with 2.52.65 for Canada and Japan.
Disqualified because Pune only showed her skin which is not allowed.
The gold went to Olympic champion Canada, where Valerie Malthes, Yvani Blondin and Isabelle Weidmann were faster than Japan and the United States with a time of 2.54.58.
In addition to her first world title, Pune also nabbed what happened to her socks. “I couldn’t do anything else. I had put these stockings in my boots beforehand, and they were out on the way,” Beyon was disappointed. During the race you didn’t realize that was happening. “There is a lady checking the height of the ice. She checked me and saw that her ankles were covered, so let me go on the ice.”
Pune had gone to referee with Ritasma and tried to protest. “You can try,” said the referee, “but don’t expect anything from her.”
gold for men
Dutch skiers again won the world title in the team pursuit. Patrick Rust, Marcel Bousker and Bo Snellink were faster than the Canadian team, with a time of 3:38.27. Norway took the bronze.
This is the first victory for Reintje Ritsma, the coach of the national team, this season. At the World Cup, skiers have never come higher than second and third.
Rost, Busker and Snellink also won gold for Canada and Russian skiers at the last world championship distances in 2021. In total, Dutch skiers have won gold in the team pursuit twelve times before. At the Olympic Games in Beijing last year, the Dutch team missed out on medals.
In the final run, the skaters seemed to have to settle for third place. The US opponent was much faster and split times were also slower than the Canadians on the previous stage. After the final corner and with the final sprint, the skiers still dived under Canada’s time of 3:38.43.
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