Sport Navigator news News related to Sport Navigator en Copyright 2008-2010 Sport Navigator Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Season ended with beautiful medals in Stavanger <p><span style=\"font-weight: bold;\">The season for the international speed skaters ended last weekend in the Norwegian city of Stavanger with the finals of the World Cup. Again, for our skaters it was a good weekend with multiple medals and high rankings in the final classifications.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Great silver Vincent de Haitre</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Vincent de Haitre ad a wonderful season on the 1000 meters. In Stavanger the only 22-year old Canadian crowned his winter, in which he joined the world\'s best in speed skating. He was rewarded with a second place in the final classification of the World Cup, right behind the untouchable Kjeld Nuis.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The same Nuis - winner of every race over 1000 meters he started in - crossed the path of De Haitre in Norway. The Dutchman won 1.08,76, a time that was roughly about half a second faster then De Haitre, who finished in 1.09,28. But that time was good for silver, after the Canadian had won a World Cup race in Astana earlier in the season.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Nico Ihle bronze on 1000 meters</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">For Nico Ihle goes the same as for Vincent de Haitre, with the difference that the German already goes a long way with his 31 years of age. But Ihle performes this season better then ever and looks back on a great year,</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">That brought him a fine bronze medal in Stavanger, where Ihle ended up third on the 1000 meters. He only had Nuis and De Haitre in front of him, but his 1.09,42 meant a nice conclusion of the season. Ihle ended on fifth place in the final classification of the 1000 meters, and partly by a sixth place in Stavanger on the 500 meters (35,12) also on the seventh place in the classification of that distance.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Remarkable silver Ted Jan Bloemen</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Ted Jan Bloemen already goes a long way in the top of international speed skating, but the 30-year old Canadian with the Dutch roots, had a remarkable achievement this season. In Stavanger he ended the combined classification over 5k and 10k as second, and that meant hir first place on the podium of the classification over all that years.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">That markes the progress of Bloemen since he decided to step over to the Canadian team. Sice then TJ Flowers, as he is called there, really blooms.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">In Norway he ended up being second in 6.18,46 on the last 5k of the season, right behind Jorrit Bergsma. The same order was held on the podium of the World Cup, where Bloemen held off New Zealand\'s Peter Michael.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Pedersen grabs bronze on 1500 meter</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Sverre Lunde Pedersen finished his season with a great bronze medal on the 1500 meters. In front of his home crowd the 24-year old Norwegian fought an epic battle with Dutchman Patrick Roest. At stake was not only the victory for the day, but also the podium in the World Cup classification.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The win however was for Kjeld Nuis, who was - again - too fast for everyone withi his 1.45,00. Pedersen saw how Roest raced to 1.46,28 and knew he had to beat that time. That didn\'t work out. The Norwegian clocked 1.46,61 and saw how Roest passed him in the classification, in which Pedersen still ended up with a great third place.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Bronze mass-start Bart Swings</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">For the fifth year in a row Bart Swings was on the podium of the final classification World Cup on the mass-start. This time the 26-year old from Belgium ended up on third place.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">That was the same place as Swings took in the finale mass-start of the season. He sprinted for the win with Jorrit Bergsma and Korean Seung-Hoon Lee. But Lee won, Bergsma finished second and for Swings remained the third place. The differences were neglectable: only twelve hunderds of a second between number one and three.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">That result didn\'t bring Swings any higher in the rankings, with Bergsma on place two and Lee as the winner. Buth with the bronze Swings kept alive his remarkable stretch.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Norwegians win battle for place two</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The Norwegian four in the teampursuit thrilled the home crowd in Stavanger. The enthusiastic Norwegians saw their riders fight an epic battle with the Dutch team. A fight that in the end was lost on little over three tenth of second.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Sindre Henriksen, Simen Spieler Nilsen, Sverre Lunde Pedersen and Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen finished in 3.43,35. That was just a wee bit slower than the Dutch (3.43,02), a difference that was hardly to be seen on the ice in the direct battle of the two superpowers of the ice.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">In the final classification of the Wold Cup the Norwegians won a place and climbed to the second spot. Before the race they were exactly equal with the Japanse, but they were beaten on the final race.</span></p> <p><span style=\"font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;\">Bronze Germany on team sprint</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The German riders Nico Ihle, Denny Ihle and the only 22-year old Joel Dufter won bronze in Stavanger on the team sprint. The top three - Netherlands, Canada and Germany - were only separated by half a second.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Germany was 15 hunderds of a second behind the Canadians, who won second place. In the final classification of the World Cup Germany did finish in a great second place.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 News article 400 from Beautiful silver medal for Lorentzen at World Sprints <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold;\">The best sprinters in the world gathered this weekend in the Olympic Oval of Calgary, Canada for the world championships sprint.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Beautiful silver medal for Lorentzen<br /> </span>Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen has given the Norwegian speed skate fans something to cheer about. He is the first Norwegian skater since the end of the 90’s to end up on the podium at a world championship for sprinters. Lorentzen finished in second place and was for a brief moment very close to the world title.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The strength of Lorentzen is in the 1000 meters, something he made very clear in Calgary. Perhaps more important was that he didn’t loose too much time on the 500 meters, with a 6<sup>th</sup> place (34,43) and a 10th place (34,62).</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">He made his moves on the 1000 meters. The man who suffered a severe injury after a terrible fall little over a year ago, made his way to the podium with a 4<sup>th</sup> (1.07,08) and a 3<sup>rd</sup> place (1.07,38). After his race he was already sure of the bronze, but when Ronald Mulder wasted too much time on the final 1000 meters he ended up with the silver medal. When Kai Verbij almost fell in the final race, Lorentzen was for an instant close to the world title, but Verbij stayed on his feet and won</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Bronze medal Mika Poutala<br /> </span>Once again Mika Poutala did not leave a world championship empty handed. The experienced Fin won a bronze medal on the 500 meters and added another success to his already long list.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">In the first 500 meters Poutala ended up as 7<sup>th</sup> in 34,44. IN the second race he was only a fraction faster, although two tenth of a second means wa world of difference among the sprinters. With 34,23 he ended up with the bronze.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Poutala did well on the 1000 meters, but not good enough to win any medals. He came in 9<sup>th</sup> (1.07,96) and 10<sup>th</sup> (1.07,97). In the general classification poutala ended up on fifth place.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Three strong races by Nico Ihle<br /> </span>Nico Ihle will wake up with nightmares about his 500 meters on the second day of the tournament. The German produced three strong races, but was punished for the mistakes he made on the fourth.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Ihle had a tough race and finished in a time of 35,03, with which he only ended up on 22<sup>nd</sup> place. Ihle lost too much time in that single race to be able to make up in de last one.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">In every other race Ihle came in on fifth place. On the 500 meters (34,37) and both the 1000 meters (1.07,16 and 1.07,75). In total there was place eight for Ihle.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">In alle andere races eindigde Ihle als vijfde. Op de 500 meter (34,37) en de beide wedstrijden over 1000 meter (1.07,16 om 1.07,75). Daarmee was er voor de Duitser in totaal een achtste plaats.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Double silver for De Haitre<br /> </span>Vincent de Haitre had an outstanding World Championships. The Canadian sprinter is very strong on the 1000 meters, but had the misfortune that Kjeld Nuis is in the best form of his life. The Dutchman kept De Haitre twice from a gold medal.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">With De Haitre finishing 1.06,72 in the first 1000 meters, Nuis responded with 1.06,61. And the 1.07,23 by De Haitre in the second race was met by a 1.06,51 from Nuis. But with double silver there was little to complain for the Canadian.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the 500 meters things weren’t that shiny for De Haitre. With 35,04 and 35,00 he raced to the places 23 and 20. In the final classification De Haitre finished on place nine.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Roman Krech: twice silver<br /> </span>Well, where De Haitre had bad luck with the performances of Kjeld Nuis, Roman Krech met a superior Ronald Mulder. The skater from Kazachstan twice produced a great race, but twice the Dutchman was a little bit faster.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">What Krech did, was remarkable. Not only did he race very fast, but he posted exactly the same time twice. In both races over 500 meters he ended up in 34,21. Fast, but not fast enough. Mulder first raced to 34,18 and then even 34,08. That was too much for Krech, but two silver medals were a nice consolation prize.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the 1000 meters there was no role for Krech. With 1.08,60 and 1.08,66 he came in 15<sup>th</sup> and 17<sup>th</sup>. Overall he ended up being tenth.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Hege Bøkko in fifth place<br /> </span>Norwegian Hege Bøkko performed well, but was not rewarded with a medal. On the distances she missed out on the podium, and she did the same in the final classification.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the first day Bøkko was the closest to the podium. She ended up fourth on the 500 meters in 37,43 and won fifth place on the following 1000 meters (1.13,96). On the second day she lost too much time. She raced to 37,88 on the 500 meters for a tenth place and 1.14,04 fo a sixth place on the final 1000 meters. It brough her fifth place in the final classification, where more was possible.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Vanessa Herzog in the top ten<br /> </span>Also in Calgary Vanesse Herzog showed she gets more and more connected to the worlds best sprinters. She ended the tournament with a great spot in the top ten. In fact she ended up on place eight, even in front of Russia’s Olga Fatkulina.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Herzog opened the tournament with place seven on the 500 meters (37,59), followed by tenth place on the 1000 meters in 1.14,74. On day two her 500 meters was less good than the first one. In 38,05 she came in as 12<sup>th</sup>. On the 1000 meters she improved to 1.14,45, but once again that time brought her to tenth place.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 News article 399 from Great results at World Championships in Korea <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold;\">In the pre-olympic season the most important event took place in Korean Gangneung, the city where in one year the olympic titles are to be won. And the KIA-skaters did well in the World Championship single distance.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Silver on 500 meters Nico Ihle<br /> </span>Nico Ihle was one of the favorites for medals on the sprint distances, and he proved all of the predictions right. Ihle must have been the most satisfied himself with his performance on the 500 meters, where he claimed the silver medal. In the sixth pairing Ihler raced to a glorious time of 34,66, which for a while appeared to be the winning time. But two races later Jan Smeekens was a little faster (34,58), and Ihle even had to wait of his time was enough for the podium. But in the last four pairings nobody was faster then the German skater, who won the silver.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the 1000 meters Ihle ended up with the most hated classification: fourth place. He finished in 1.08,89, which was already the fourth time at that moment.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Vincent De Haitre surprises with silver<br /> </span>Vincent De Haitre surprises every time again. The only 22-year old Canadian did that this season and did it again in Gangneung. His best performance was on the 1000 meters, where he was the fastest man behind untouchable Kjeld Nuis. De Haitre saw Nuis race towards a very fast 1.08,26, but carried out a brave attempt to attack that time. De Haitre won the direct battle with Nico Ihle, but with 1.08,54 he was still almost three tenth behind Nuis. Nevertheless nobody beat the time of tha Canadian, so the silver medal was his.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the 1500 meters De Haitre was close to the podium, but had to settle for fourth place. With 1.45,79 he was just behind bronze winner Sven Kramer.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Sensational silver Claudia Pechstein<br /> </span>She is the \'grand old lady\' of speed skating, but that doesn\'t mean Claudia Pechstein competes for show. On the contrary. In Gangneung Pechstein showed that even on the age of 44 you still can compete on the highest level. And more. The German secured a sensational silver medal on the 5k. Pechstein raced very impressive to 6.53,93 and with that time she beat al the young talents behind her. The gap to Ivanie Blondin was almost three seconds, and that said enough. As expected only Martina Sablikova was faster, but to Pechstein the silver must have felt like gold. With the fingers across her lips she silenced all her critics.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Bronze Ivanie Blondin on 5k<br /> </span>Ivanie Blondin pushed her limits in Gangneung. The 26-year old Canadian has won medals sofar only on the mass-start, her specialty. But in Korea she won a medal on a single distance for the first time in her career. She took the bronze on the 5k.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The fact that Blondin had to see Sablikova in front of her was not surprising. The second place of Pechstein was. But on the other hand Blondin herself resisted the Dutch competition and only just held off Russian Anna Yurakova. Blondin raced to 6.57,14 where Yurakova clocked 6.57,27.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Just as surprising as her bronze medal on the 5k was the fact Blondin did not win a medal on the mass-start. That hasn\'t happened to her since the event was introduced in 2015.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Norwegian bronze on teampursuit<br /> </span>Norwegian speed skating is back alive. The Scandinavians are working on a comeback after several not so good years. In Korea the men did well on the teampursuit.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The four Sindre Henriksen, Simen Spieler Nilsen, Sverre Lunde Pedersen and Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen did very well in a breathtaking battle for the title. The difference between number one Holland (3.40,66) and number four Canada (3.41,68) was only 1,02 second. The Norwegians only just held off the Canadians with their time of 3.41,60. New-Zealand (3.41,08) was the very surprising number two.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Great bronze medal Patrick Beckert<br /> </span>Patrick Beckert once again confirmed his reputation as a world class stayer. The 26-year old German did that on a 10k which will go down in history as the battle of the titans between Sven Kramer and Jorrit Bergsma.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Beckert raced against Kramer. He saw the gap with the Dutchman grow with every lap, but persisted in his own schedule. That proved to be the right thing. Beckert finished in 12.52,76 and took second place with that. With just Bergsma and fellow countryman Moritz Geisreiter to go, his chances on a medal were big. And that was the way it went. Bergsma beat his time, Geisreiter did not. With that Beckert ended up with a shiny bronze medal.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">A little earlier in the tournament Beckert had to settle for 7<sup>th</sup> place on the 5k. He set his time on that distance on 6.16,52.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Nils van der Poel strong on 10k<br /> </span>The tournament of the 10k brought a lot of fireworks. Many riders were pushed to their limits in the race for the world title. Nils van der Poel (20) did not reach his personal best, but the young Swede did an excellent job in the strong field. He raced towards 13.14,84 and with that time he ended on position eight among the best stayers of the world.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Records for Marina Zueva<br /> </span>Marina Zueva can look back on a good tournament. The 24-year old even broke two national records for Belarus. On the 3k her time of 3.06,24 was enough to put a new time in the books. She ended up on 14<sup>th</sup> place with that. On the 5k Zueva also did well. In the final classification her name was on place ten, and the time of 7.03,40 also meant a new national record for Belarus.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Zueva also participated in the mass-start. She won one of the sprints and five points brought her to the sixth place in the field.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Good performances on mass-start<br /> </span>KIA-skaters did generally well on the mass-start. In the women\'s field two spots behind Marina Zueva there was Danish Elena Moeller Rigas on place eight, with a total of three points.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">In the men\'s field Vitaly Mikhailov from Belarus did very well. He was in the right breakaway, but lost the sprint for third place to Canadian Olivier Jean. Armin Hager from Austria collected eight points along the way and those helped him to the fifth place.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 News article 398 from Ihle wins in front of his home crowd in Berlin <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold;\">The international top of speed sating gathered last weekend in Berlin for the first World Cup of 2017. It brought some very good results for our skaters.,</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Gold and bronze for Nico Ihle<br /> </span>Nico Ihle made a great appearance on home soil. The German skater won the first 500 meters in the Sportforum of Berlin. He resisted the complete international competition and took the gold.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Ihle came on to the ice in the fifth pairing, immediately after Japanse Yuma Murakami raced to the fastest time sofar. He was the first to break the barrier of 35 seconds with 34,97. The 31-year ol German proved it was possible to race faster. Ihle set a great time of 34,83. That was too fast for the men in the following five pairings. Nobody even came close to Ihle.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">For the skater from Karl Marx Stadt there was even a second medal. Ihle also took the bronze on the second 1000 meters. Dutchman Kaj Verbij took victory, just before Norwegian Lorentzen. Ihle came in third with 1.09,31.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the second 500 meters and the first 1000 meters Ihle both came in als number eight, with 35,14 and 1.09,64.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Bloemen stunts with gold on 5000 meters<br /> </span>The 5k in Berlin became a distance full of surprises. Certainly as it comes down to the winner. No sign of Dutch supremacy this time. Without Sven Kramer taking part the win was for the Dutch Canadian Te-Jan Bloemen.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">TJ Flowers, as Bloemen is known in his new home country, raced in the ninth pairing against German Patrick Beckert. Bloemen did great with all laps in the 29 seconds. Only in the last two laps Bloemen went into the 30\'s. It brought hime a time of 6.15,84.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">From the side Bloemen saw Jorrit Bergsma appear in the last pairing. But the Dutchman already had to let go of the 29\'ers after just nine laps and in the end came in third. Bloemen had to fear New Zealands Peter Michael, who raced in a schedule with the fastest laps in the end. He stranded at 6.16,65, which left a delighted Ted-Jan Bloemen at the side of the rink.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Lorentzen shines on 1000 meters<br /> </span>Havard Lorentzen proved himself once again to be world class on the 1000 meters. The 24-year old Norwegian achieves at high level all season, but appeared to have made a new step in Berlin.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">After the first 1000 meters took place on the third step of the podium, besdies Dutchmen Nuis and Verbij. The Norwegian had a time of 1.09,03 and with that he was kind of the best of the rest, after both Nuis and Verbij broke the barrier of 1.09.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">In his second 1000 meters Lorentzen was a little bit slower, but in the end ranked one place higher. He raced to 1.09,23 and saw how only Verbij was just 15 hundreds of a second faster.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">In the ranking of the World Cup Lorentzen now takes fourth place, behind Nuis, Verbij and the surprising Canadian Vincent De Haitre.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Livio Wenger: bronze in B-group<br /> </span>Just one week after is 24th birthday Livio Wenger treated himself to a bronze medal at the World Cup in Berlin. The Swiss skater ended the 5k in the B-group in third place.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Livio had a fine race with a very flat schedule. Only the one before last lap he clocked in the 31\'s, but all the other were extremely regular. This brought him a time of 6.29,42. Livio started in the 12<sup>th</sup> pairing and knew before him the Dutchmen Marcel Bosker and Jos de Vos were already faster. But in the remainder of the race his third place never was in danger.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Fifth place Vanessa Herzog on 1000 meters<br /> </span>Austrian Vanessa Herzog did fine on the 1000 meters. De 21-year old, formerly known as Vanessa Bittner, took fifth place. With her time of 1.16,50 Herzog was exactly one second slower then new European champion sprint Karolina Erbanova, who took third oplace with 1.15,50. It shows how close Herzog is coming.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the first 1000 meters she was almost a full second slower. Het time of 1.17,43 brought her 13th place. Within a day however, she won almost a second, which makes clear that there is a lot of progress possible.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Tenth place Marina Zueva<br /> </span>Maria Zueva showed good form in the 3k in Berlin. De skater from Belarus took the tenth place on that distance with a solid race. She raced towards a time of 4.07,56 and with that she was part of a big group just begint the top three on that distance.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Saskia Alusalu qualifies for World Championships<br /> </span>Saskia Alusalu can look forward to the World Championships Allround, which will be held in the first week of March in Hamar, Norway. The 22-year old from Estonia did well during the World Cup in Berlin, with a 16th place on the 3k in the B-group. Alusalu raced towards 4.16,83 and with that time she ended up in the middle of the classification. Her achievements in Berlin were good enough to get her ticket for Hamar.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Nils van der Poel fine on 5k<br /> </span>Young Sweden Nils van der Poel made a good impression on the 5k. On the highest level he finished in 15<sup>th</sup> place. Van der Poel started out very wel, but went into the 31\'s after five full laps. In the end his time was 6.31,52. For Van der Poel it is in this stage of his career mostly the experience that counts.</p> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 News article 397 from Exciting races at European Championships <p><span style=\"font-weight: bold;\">On the ice of Thialf Heerenveen were held two international championships this weekend. The European Championships allround and the very first European Championships Sprint.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Barts Swings third of Europe<br /> </span>At the end of the European Championships allround Bart Swings looked amazed at his bronze medal. His third place was a big surprise to the 25-year old from Belgium. ,,This really came falling our of the sky\", said Swings.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">An understandable reaction. For Swings a fourth place seemed to be the maximum after a lesser 500 meters (15<sup>th</sup> in 37,33), two decent fifth places on the 1500 en 5000 meters and a very good 10k. Swings raced to a great 13.15,54. That time proved not only to be good for bronze on the distance, but also moved him to third spot in the classification. That with thanks to Norwegian Sverre Lunde Pedersen, who collapsed in the final four laps of the 10k.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Nico Ihle races towards European bronze<br /> </span>Nico Ihle gave Germany a wonderful performance in the very forst European Championships Sprint. The 31-year old German from Karl Marx Stadt raced towards a great third place in the general classification.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The road to that bronze also brought him some medals on the various distances. On the first 500 meters Ihle broke the barrier of 35 seconds with 34,95 and won bronze with that time. In the following 1000 meters he endedup fourth in 1.09,45.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">With that results he set himself in good position, but Ihle made it hard on himself with a disapointing 500 meters the next day. His time of 35,51 meant an 8<sup>th</sup> place and the loss of valuable time. Ihle made up for it on the final 1000 meters. He raced towards the silver in a great 1.09,20, and with that result he also jumped to the third place in the finale classification.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Gold allrounder Henriksen on 500 meters<br /> </span>For Sindre Henriksen the European Championship Allround was already a success after one single distance. The Norwegian performed very well on the 500 meters. Henriksen set his time in 36,30. With that time the 24-year old was to fast for all of his opponents. Dutch Jan Blokhuijsen came close with 36,43, Denis Yuskov clocked 36,44. That way Henriksen secured a gold medal straightaway.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">That wasn\'t the only one. He also won bronze on the 1500 meters. Henriksen surprised again with a time of 1.47,82. That was eaxactly one hundred of a second faster then Konrad Niedzwiedski.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the longer distances, Henriksen didn\'t really play a role: 15<sup>th</sup> on the 5k (6.35,76) and 7<sup>th</sup> on the 10k (13.52,95).</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Young Nils van der Poel strong<br /> </span>The young Nils van der Poel conquered some hearts in Thialf with an excellent 5k. The Swede made a good impression in the homeland of his grandparents with a great race and the 7<sup>th</sup> place. With his 6.24,57 Van der Poel was only four seconds behind number three Sverre Lunde Pedersen.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the shorter distances Van der Poel wasn\'t yet able to impress. He came in 17<sup>th</sup> on the 500 meters (37,87) and 15the on the 1500 meters (1.49,83). That was not enough to participate in the final 10k, but Van der Poel proved to be Swedens best shot at the allround skating at this moment.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Viktor Half Thorup performes well<br /> </span>For the second time in his short career Victor Half Thorup participated in the European Allround Championships. De 22-year old from Denmark performed well. Thorup is known to be a man of the londer distances, and confirmed that status in Thialf. On the 5k the Dane raced toward a 16<sup>th</sup> place with a time of 6.36,90.With that he was part of the big group in the middle of the classification.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the shorter distances that is at this stage a little too difficult for Thorup. He di the 500 meters in 39,06 for 22<sup>nd</sup> spot and the 1500 meters in 1.54,77 for 20<sup>th</sup> place. In the final classification he ended up at 20<sup>th</sup> place, but the experience of a big championships is more important now then a classification.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Vanessa Herzog very solid<br /> </span>Austrian Vanessa Herzog can look back on a very solid performance in the sprint tournament. She ended up in the history books as the number eight of the first European Sprint Championships.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Herzog, more known as Vanessa Bittner until her marriage last Sptember, was sound and solid in Thialf. The 500 meters brought her an 8<sup>th</sup> place in 38,97, followed by 38,82 on the second 500 meters for 6<sup>th</sup> place, which was her best classification on a single distance.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">The 21-year old Austrian lost some time on the two 1000 meters. The first one went in 1.18,51, and that meant an 11<sup>th</sup> place. The second one was a little slower (1.19,17) but earned her a 9<sup>th</sup> place. In the final classification she ended up being 8<sup>th</sup>.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Bronze Havard Lorentzen on 1000 meters<br /> </span>Havard Lorentzen took home a shiny bronze medal after the European Sprint Championships. The 24-year old Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen, as his full name is, had a fine first day of the EC. He ended up 6<sup>th</sup> at the 500 meters (35,16) en was straightaway close to the top in the classification. That only got better after the 1000 meters. He raced to 1.09,23 and earned a bronze medal with that.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">Day two brought Lorentzen two more 6<sup>th</sup> places. First on the 500 meters (35,38) and after that on the final 1000 meters in 1.09,77. Thanks to the third spot on the 1000 Lorentzen ended up as 5<sup>th</sup> in the final classification.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Marten Liiv can compete at high level<br /> </span>He is only 20 years young, but Marten Liiv has already had the opportunity to compete with the best sprinters of Europe. And the talented rider from Estonia didn\'t perform bad at all. He ended the tournament as number sixteen.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">That classification was the exact average of his results. Liiv started the EC with a 20<sup>th</sup> place on the 500 meters (36,44), followed by a 12<sup>th</sup> spot on the first 1000 meters (1.11,14). On the second day Liiv, born in the small town of Adavere, permformed likewise. He ended 18<sup>th</sup> on the 500 meters (36,43) and 14the on the final 1000 meters in 1.11,67. More important however is the fact that Liiv had the opportunity to see what he is capable of in an international strong field, and found he can really compete at that level.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\" style=\"font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;\">Ignat Golovatyuk meritorious<br /> </span>He is still very young, but Ignat Golovatyuk has talent. As a 19-year old the sprinter from Belarus had the opportunity to test himself against the best of Europe. And his performance was meditorious.</p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\">On the 500 meters he was 14<sup>th</sup> and 17<sup>th</sup> in 35,77 and 36,19. His ranks were about the same on the 1000 meters. The first went in 1.11,82, with which he earned 16<sup>th</sup> place. The second one was a little bit faster (1.11,66) and his rank was indeed a little bit higher: 13<sup>th</sup> place. In the final classification Golovatyuk ended up being number fourteen.</span></p> <p><span lang=\"EN-US\"></span></p> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 News article 396 from