Sport Navigator news News related to Sport Navigator en Copyright 2008-2010 Sport Navigator Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Specatular outdoor World Allround Championships in Amsterdam <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">World Championships Allround Amsterdam<br /> </span><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">De best allrounders in the world came to Amsterdam last weekend for the World Championship on the most special location they have skated for many years: the old Olympic Stadium, dating back to 1928 when the Olympics were held in Amsterdam. For this event the stadium was turned into a great icerink.</span><br /> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br /> </span></span><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">The drama of Sverre Lunde Pedersen<br /> </span><span arial",sans-serif"="">Whaever is said or written in the future about this World Championship, it will always be about the drama of Sverre Lunde Pedersen. </span><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">De 25-year old Norwegian was solid in his way to the worldtitle for a very long time. On the ten kilometers, the final distance, Pedersen was well ahead, and nothing seemed to can go wrong anymore. Untill Pedersens skates touched each other in the bend, and he went flat down in the pillows. ,,I knew I lost the world titel at that moment. And what happened, I don't know. I hardly ever fall. There's not much more I can say about it", the devastated Pedersen said.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">He got up on thie ice, continued his race and even managed to get back to Sven Kramer and pass the reigning world champion again. But is wasn't enough. With each round the gold slipped away from Pedersen, heading towards Patrick Roest, who watched in disbelieve. With his time of 14.00,60 Pedersen secured the silver medal, but that was barely a comfort to the Norwegian. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">And Sverre Lunde Pedersen was really the strongest man in Amsterdam. This very special World Championship didn't belong to Sven Kramer, as expected. No, it was the Norwegian who dominated. His fifth time on the 500 meters (37,42) gave him an excellent start to build on. And so Pedersen did. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">His 5k was impressive. Sven Kramer seemed to win the distance, but in the last pairing Pedersen decided differently. With 6.33,81 he caused a shock to the home crowd of over 20.000 fans, who created a unique atmosphere. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Also on day two of the men's tournament it was Pedersen who dominated. The 1500 meters again meant victory for the Norwegian. With his time of 1.48,33 he was about one second and a halve faster than rival Patrick Roest, creating a comfortable margin on the final 10k. He could lose over seven seconds to Roest, but in fact Pedersen was much faster. On the stands the Norwegian fans were already celebrating the first Norwegian world title in many years. Until Pedersen's fall turned everything upside down.<br /> </span><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Nils van der Poel wins the 10k<br /> </span><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">The fans in the Olympic Stadium looked at each other in surprise. </span><span arial",sans-serif"="">Nils van der Poel? Was there a Dutch skater they knew nothing about? </span><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Not quite. But after his performance in Amsterdam almost everybody knew the story of the young Swede with the Dutch ancestors.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Because that is who Nils van der Poel is. Only 21 years of age, born in the Swedish town of Trollhattan, and with grandparents from Holland. He started playing bandy, but switched to speed skating later on. </span><span arial",sans-serif"="">Not without success. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span arial",sans-serif"="">In Amsterdam it showed his 500 meters is not his strongest distance (38,35) and neither is his 1500 meters with a time of 1.53,15. </span><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">But on the 5k Van der Poel showed already to have the skills it takes for the longer distances. </span><span arial",sans-serif"="">He ended up fifth in 6.37,14. The finale 10k became the young Swede's party. </span><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Van dar Poel raced towards a time of 13.40,38 and that turned out to be a time nobody could beat. It brought Van der Poel his first great victory at the highest international level, and meant a sixth place in the final qualifications.<br /> </span><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Fifth place for Bart Swings<br /> </span>Bart Swings ended the World Championships Allround with a fifth place. The great Belgian skater had a not so good first day, perhaps had to get used to skating outside, though Swings every now and then participates in the Dutch marathons, who are also partly in the open air.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Wit the 500 meters in 37,96 (fourteenth) and the 5k in 6.39,58 (seventh) the chances of ending up on the podium were significantly reduced. On the second day Swings was stronger. On the 1500 meters he ended up in fourth place with his time of 1.50,33. Also on the 10k with a time of 13.51,45 he ended up just besides the podium: fourth again.&nbsp;<br /> </span><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Silver Konrad Niedzwiedzki on 500 meters<br /> </span>Konrad Niedzwiedzki is not really an allrounder, but the Polish skater is always present at this tournament. He is the man taking his chances on the 500 meters title, and so he did again in Amsterdam. But this time the 33-yar old skater had to settle for second place. Niedzwiedzki saw how just before his race Patrick Roest raced towards a time of 36,97.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Niedzwiedzki tried everything, and made it a very cloe race. But in the end he fell three hundreds of a second short: 37,00. After 7.05,57 on the 5k (23th) and 1.052,08 (10<sup>th</sup>) on the 1500 meters, Niedzwiedzki ended the tournament in place fourteen.<br /> </span><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Luiza Zlotkowska fifth on 1500 meters<br /> </span>Polish Luiza Zlotkowska ended the World Championships on a fine fourteenth place. The 31-year old speed skater could enjoy the unique atmosphere in the Olympic Stadium for three distances.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">On the 500 meters she opened in 41,70, a time which meant place seventeen in the end. Exactly the same place was het share on the 3k, which she finished in 4.32,62. On the 1500 meters Zlotkowska showed what she is capable of. She raced towards an excellent time of 2.01,80 and took fifth place, little over a second away from the podium. <o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 News article 407 from Havard Lorentzen becomes World Sprint Champion <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">World Championships Sprint Changchung <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold;">One week after the Olympic Games in PyeongChang the best sprinters in the world were already battling for the world title. They raced hard on the icerink in Chinese Changchung, but the tiredness was great.<br /> </span><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Lorentzen writes Norwegian skating history<br /> </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Ha</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">vard Holmefjord Lorentzen is the new hero of Norway. First the 25-year old speed skater won a gold medal on the 500 meters in the Olympics, and then crowned himself world champion sprint in Changchung. This makes him the first Norwegian to get this title since Frode Ronning, who won the championship in 1981.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">For Lorentzen the 500 meters formed the foundation of his world title. He won this distance twice. He finished his first 500 meters in 34,98. Not only was that good enough to win, it was also a new track record. On top of that, he immediately got ahead of his big competitors. On his second 500 meters he raced towards a time of 34,96, and with that he defeated his rivals Kjeld Nuis and Kaj Verbij. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Necessary, because on the 1000 meters Lorentzen fell a little bit behind. He finished his first 1000 meters in 1.09,21, which got him a second place behind Nuis, who finished more than two tenths faster in 1.08,97. On the final 1000 meters Lorentzen already knew he could lose a little time, to win the world title. The Norwegian didn't exceed the time difference and finished in 1.09,81. That time was good enough for him to finally take over the legacy of Ronning after 37 years.<br /> </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Fourth place for Nico Ihle<br /> </span></span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Nico Ihle skated incredibly steady in Changchung, but he just missed the podium. The 32-year old German's strength is mainly on the 1000 meters, which he used to get a high position in the ranking.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">In his races over 1000 meters Ihle ended up seventh and second. He first finished in 1.09,73, in a race that wasn't without mistakes. In his second race he stayed close behind untouchable Olympic champion Kjeld Nuis. With 1.09,29 Ihle won from all the other competitors. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">The German was little less satisfied with his 500 meter races. On the first day he finished in 35,04. Which is not bad, but the differences were incredibly small. With only fifteen hundredths behind the winner Lorentzen, Ihle ended up ninth. He finished his second 500 meters a bit slower, in 35,11. Nevertheless was that good enough for a seventh place. Overall Nico Ihle ended up at fourth place.<br /> </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Strong Mika poutala very steady<br /> </span></span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Mika Poutala was already popular in the Netherlands, but since the Olympics that popularity has grown. The 34-year old Finn grew to be a symbol of sportsmanship by not crossing before Kjeld Nuis in the Olympic 1000 meters. ,,That could've been a risk for Kjeld Nuis and I didn't want that. I treat people the way I want to be treated", says Poutala.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">That is with no doubt going to give him a huge ovation the next time he will be in Thialf, but during the World Championships Sprint it didn'</span>t help him. But the Finn was very steady. With three fifth places and a sixth place, it got him a fifth place in the overall ranking. Poutala opened his first 500 meters in 35,00, which got him a fifth place. Followed by a sixth place on the 1000 meters which he finished in 1.09.82. The Finn, having a particularly strong season, continued on the second day with 35,10 on the 500 meters. He finished the tournament with a time of 1.09,87 on the 1000 meters; both good enough for a fifth place.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Michalski a pleasant surprise<br /> </span></span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">A pleasant surprise during the tournament in Changchung was the young Polishman Piotr Michalski. The 23-year old talent from Sanok took part in the World Championships for the fourth time and skated his best race ever in China. Before, he never ranked higher than an eighth place and in 2015 and 2017 he finished eighteenth and fifteenth.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Michalski opened the tournament with 35,03 on the 500 meters, good for a seventh place. He continued doing well with 1.10,03 on the 1000 meters, which was good for an eighth place. It stayed about the same on the final day, which Mickalski opened with 35,15 on the 500 meters. With that he ended up ninth. On the 1000 meters he wasn't able to improve himself. His 1.10,07 was good for a seventh place, which got him a seventh place in the final ranking.<br /> </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Hege Bokko grabs fifth place<br /> </span></span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Hege Bokko was not able to equal the stunt of her compatriot in Changchung. The 26-year old skater from Honefoss had to be satisfied with the fifth place. Which was really all she could get out of it, because in the women's tournament the differences were incredibly big. The time between her and Marrit Leenstra, who ended up fourth, was half a second.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Bokko lost her seconds on the 500 meters. On the first day she finished with 38,60, which was good for a tenth place. On the second day she was one tenth faster (38,50) and ended up one place higher in the ranking.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">On the 1000 meters, Bokko got some time back. She finished her first 1000 meters in 1.16,24, which got her a fifth place. Her second race was a little less good, but with 1.16,38 she ended up in a fourth place. In the final ranking this meant a fifth place for the Norwegian.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><br /> </p> <br /> Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 News article 408 from 'Golden' Erfurt hosts succesful World Cup <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">World Cup Erfurt<br /> </span>The last international meeting of the speed skating top before the start of the 2018 Olympics took place in Erfurt, Germany. There the candidates for Olympic medals already showed themselves.<br /> <span lang="EN-US"><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">First gold medals Vanessa Herzog<br /> </span></span>Vanessa Herzog has tasted winning and obviously likes it. The 22-year old skater from Austria won the 500 meters two weeks ago during the European Championships in Kolomna and went on winning in Erfurt. She took gold for the very first time in a World Cup, and followed it up by a second one straightaway.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">The start was a little bit shaky. Herzog didn't feel well the last days before the World Cup, and that affected her first 500 meters. Nevertheless she won silver. Only Karolina Erbanova (37,82) was faster than her 37,92. After that Herzog decided to skip the first 1000 meters. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">One day later Herzog was already more recovered and that showed. On the second 500 meters she won her first gold medal in a World Cup race ever. She raced towards a time of 37,88 and that was enough for a personal highlight. This she beat Erbanova (37,96). <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Herzog didn't have to wait long for her second win. Only one day later she hit the jackpot again. This time on the 1000 meters. In pair twelve she put up a great fight with Norwegian Hege Bokko, who was eventually also the only one staying close to Herzog. The Austrian clocked 1.15,26, Bokko finished in 1.15,52. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">,,I could easily get used to winning", Herzog said with a laugh. But she downplayed her words immediately. ,,I do know it is not always like this. Today I felt very good and was faster than on the first day."<br /> </span><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Winning 500 meters Lorentzen</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span arial",sans-serif"="">Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen left Erfurt with two medals. </span><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">The 25-year old Norwegian is in a great shape for weeks and showed this again in Germany.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">On the first 500 meters the skater from Bergen almost won a bronze medal as well. He finished in 35,10, which was exactly the same as Artyom Kuznetsov. Only did the Russian need twee thousands more and Lorentzen five. It meant fourth place for the Norwegian. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Revenge came on the second 500 meters, where Lorentzen was faster than all the others. He raced towards a time of 34,85, exactly one tenth of a second faster than Jan Smeekens, with which he took the gold. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">On the final 1000 meters Lorentzen was again close to a gold medal, but this time Dutchman Kjeld Nuis had other plans. He won in 1.08,40, just before the 1.08,66 from Lorentzen, who won the silver. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">,,The first two races were a little off, but the last two were very good", Lorentzen analysed. He also created more distance with his rivals in the classification of the World Cup on the 500 meters. ,,That's important, although it's all about the Olympics now. I think I am good enough to have a shot at the medals."<br /> </span><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Golden 5000 meters Pedersen</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sverre Lunde Pedersen brought Norway a rare gold medal on the 5000 meters. Rarem, because this distance is since long time dominated by the Dutch skaters, with this year also the Dutch Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemen as a rival. But the best Dutch skaters were not present in Erfurt. Bloemen was, but he finished third in 6.17,11.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Pedersen raced a pair earlier against the Italian Nicola Tumolero, who is doing well on the longer distances this season. The two made it a great race, in which Pedersen crossed the finish line first in 6.14,66. Tumolero's 6.16,11 was in the end the second fastest time. In the classification of the World Cup 5k Pedersen moved into third place, behind Bloemen en Sven Kramer.<br /> </span><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">First victory Blondin on single distance</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">In the final races of the World Cup in Erfurt, Ivanie Blondin caused a huge surprise. For the first time in her career the Canadian skater won a gold medal on a single distance in the World Cup. In Erfurt she ruled the 3000 meters.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Blondin had to do it all by herself in. German veteran Claudia Pechstein was of no help in her race. But Blondin proved not only to be a candidate for a medal on the mass-start, but also on the 3k. She finished in 4.04,86, but had to wait how Martina Sablikova would perform in the final pair. But the Czech skater is not yet in her best shape. She clocked 4.05,91, which meant a bronze medal. Dutch Antoinette de Jong came in second with 4.05,45.<br /> </span><br /> <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Poutala in best shape of his life</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Mika Poutala will be a man to watch during the Olympics in PyeongChang. The man from Helsinki will turn 35 this year, but seems to be in the best shape of his life. He showed that again in Erfurt, where he was close to the gold on the second 1000 meters.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Victory was for Kjeld Nuis again with 1.08,57, and Hein Otterspeer won the silver in 1.08,96. But Poutala was very close to that with 1.08,99. An almost negligible difference, which could easily be turned around during the Olympics. One bad stroke can change the result completely, and with his experience, Poutala could easily be the one to benefit from that. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span arial",sans-serif"="">&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 News article 406 from Gold medal for Herzog at European Championships <div><span style="font-weight: bold;">European Championships Single Distances Kolomna</span></div> <div><span style="font-weight: bold;">The first event of 2018 was immediately a tournament that appeared completely new on the calendar: the European Championships Single Distances. In Russian Kolomna this yielded quite a bit of medals.</span></div> <div><br /> </div> <div><span style="font-weight: bold;">Golden sprint Vanessa Herzog</span></div> <div>Vanessa Herzog has already shown in recent months that her development has continued, and that showed the Austrian in Kolomna again.</div> <div>The 22-year-old Herzog took a nice harvest back to Austria. Main medal: the gold plaque that she captured at the 500 meters. Herzog delivered an excellent race there and was the only one to break the 38-second limit. She came out at 37.69 and was therefore far too strong for the rest. The Russian Angelina Golikova - her opponent in the eighth pair - was still the closest in 38,04.</div> <div>At the 1000 meters Vanessa Herzog also performed very well. This time she narrowly missed the gold, but there was a silver medal for the Austrian. Herzog clocked 1.15.44 in her beautiful ride against Yekaterina Shikhova. The Russin crossed the line earlier and immediately signed for the fastest time: 1.15,34.</div> <div>Finally, Herzog captured another bronze plaque on the mass start. The Austrian sprinted for victory with Francesca Lollobrigida and Francesca Bettrone, and had to watch as Lollobrigida took the European title, just for her compatriot. The bronze remained for Herzog.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div><span style="font-weight: bold;">Double silver for Mika Poutala</span></div> <div>For the time being, Mika Poutala may be the second fastest in Europe at 500 meters. The Finn drove a good race in Kolomna, where he clocked a time of 34.85. With that, he just fell short of Ronald Mulder, who had come to 34.80 earlier. Poutala, however, ended exactly the same with the Russian Pavel Kulizhnikov. Thousands therefore had to make the decision, and Poutala was exactly four faster than the Russian.</div> <div>On the team sprint Poutala and his compatriots Pekka Koskela, Harri Levo and Samuli Suomalainen then had to recognize their superior in the Russians. They raced to a time of 1.19.38 and were by far the fastest. The Finns clocked 1.21,19 and thus held the Poles exactly one tenth of a second behind them. That was good for silver.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div><span style="font-weight: bold;">Nico Ihle takes bronze in 1000 meter</span></div> <div>Nico Ihle won a bronze medal at the 1000 meters in the first European championship. The 32-year-old German was particularly close to a gold plaque. The differences in the top three were minimal.</div> <div>Ihle could hope for more than bronze for some time. His time of 1.08.95 was the fastest of all after six stages. Until then, the German was the only one who went below 1.09. Two Russians, however, threw a spanner in the works. In the ninth, Pavel Kulizhnikov was faster (1.08.84). That turned out to be the winning time afterwards. Denis Yuskov came to 1.08.92 and pushed Ihle to place three.</div> <div>At the 500 meters Ihle would have signed for that classification. The German raced to 35.03 in the final stage. In the same ride he saw Mika Poutala already faster, while the winning Ronald Mulder (34.80) and Pavel Kulizhnikov were also rapper. For Ihle, the always unpopular fourth place remained.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div><span style="font-weight: bold;">Bronze for Polish Team Pursuit</span></div> <div>The Polish men left Kolomna with a bronze medal on the team team. With the trio Ja Szymanksi, Adrian Wielgat and Zbigniew Brodka the Poles were actually the 'fastest of the rest'. The Poles had to admit to the Dutch for almost ten seconds in their ride against the Netherlands, after the Russians were already quite rapper in the first stage. The Poles eventually clocked 3.52.60 and with that they just kept the Norwegians and the Italians behind. The Netherlands won in 3.42.79, Russia picked up the silver with 3.44.59.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div><span style="font-weight: bold;">German women third on Team Pursuit</span></div> <div>For the German women's team the team team from the European Championships provided a bronze medal. The three Roxane Dufter, Gabriele Hirschbichler and Michelle Uhrig managed to keep the Polish ladies away from their time of 3.05.03. They came to 3.05.06.</div> <div>The German trio came into the orbit against the Netherlands, which eventually won sovereign victory in 2.59,34. The Russian formation ended second with a time of 3.01.88.</div> Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 News article 405 from Salt Lake City brings tons of medals <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: bold;">World Cup Calgary <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">The finale races of the World Cup in 2017 were last weekend in Salt Lake City. On the lightning fast track a lot of skaters raced to records, and even world records. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span arial",sans-serif"="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: italic;">Bloemen takes world record on 5k <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">After the world record on the 10k Ted-Jan Bloemen has also taken the world record on the 5k. The 31-yar old Canadian with Dutch roots crushed in Salt Lake the old record of the absent Sven Kramer and set it to an amazing 6.01,86. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">The 5k in Salt Lake already was a race of records. Take Patrick Beckert, the German skater who had a great fight with his fellow countryman Moritz Geisreiter, which brought him to a terrific time of 6.07,02. The ninth fastest 5k ever and a new German record. </span><span arial",sans-serif"="">Geisreiter came in third in 6.07,31. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Those races inspired Bloemen. ,,I saw the guys race in 6.07 and it made me curious after the circumstances", Bloemen said. ,,My race was faster. I felt better than a week ago in Calgary, but I didn't expect it to be that fast." <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Bloemen never left the laptimes in the 28 seconds. At first he was on schedule for the track record, but in the second part of the race, the word record of 6.03,32 came closer. With a final lap of 28.7 Bloemen broke that record with over a second: 6.01,86. ,,If Sven Kramer would have been here, I would have beaten him", Bloemen provoked the absent world champion even more. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: italic;">Gold again for Alex Boisvert-Lacroix <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Sometimes you have to wait a while for a first victory, but after that one the second usually follows a lot faster. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix proved these words again to be true. The 30-year old Canadian was a first time winner a week ago in Calgary, but had a second win already seven days after. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">A week ago Alex Boisvert-Lacroix's time of 34,31 was enough to win by just one thousand of a second. This time the Canadian raced towards 34,15 in the first 500 meters. It was a new personal record for the former shorttracker, who seems to be faster every week. But it also brought him the second gold. Boisvrt-Lacroix saw how in the finale two races nobody could beat his time. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">A day later the Canadian could not repeat that stunt. With 34,18 he even missed the podium. Boisvert-Lacroix came in fifth. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: italic;">Mika Poutala: bronze and fifth <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">The fast ice of the rinks in Northern America are fully to the liking of Mika Poutala. The Finnish skater won bronze a week before in Calgary, and even took home a silver medal this time. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">In the last part of his career Poutala (34) still puts himself forward as a candidate for an Olympic medal. De man from Helsinki is still getting faster. His 34,28 in Calgary meant a new Finnish record, and he already broke that in Salt Lake City. In the first 500 meters he raced towards a time of 34,17, which was also good for silver behind winner Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (34,15). <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">In the second 500 meters Poutala was hardly any slower. This time he clocked 34,21 and ended up on sixth place with that. The same classification he achieved on the 1000 meters with a time of 1.07,28. And that was only four hundreds of a second slower than his personal best, dating from 2009, when Poutala was still a young guy. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span arial",sans-serif"="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: italic;">Canada wins team pursuit <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Canada is not only performing well individually, but also as a team. Last week there was a world record on the team sprint, and in Salt Like there was a gold medal in the team pursuit. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">The foursome Denny Morrison, Ted-Jan Bloemen, Benjamin Donnelly and Jordan Belchos did very well in a breathtaking version of the team pursuit. The Canadians raced towards 3.36,44 and saw how in the race immediately after them Italy and New-Zealand in an awesome fight both came very close. The Italians finished in 3.36,54, only a tenth of a second slower. New-Zealand ended up third in 3.36,75. Between the three teams on the podium, there was only a quarter of a second difference. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: italic;">Swings wins mile in B-Division <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Belgium's Bart Swings took home a gold medal from Salt Lake City. He earned it with a great performance on the 1500 meters in the B-Division. The multiple world champion on inline-skates had a good race, in which he kept of two Dutchmen. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Swings, who quite regular races in the Dutch marathons, raced towards 1.44,10. With that he was only just in front of Lucas van Alphen (1.44,23) and Marcel Bosker (1.44,45). If you compare Swings' time with the results in the A-Division, the Belgian still has to step up. He would have been thirteenth, little over three seconds behind winner Denis Yuskov. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Swings also took part in the mass-start, and also there he earned a medal. Just like other riders Swings saved energy for the final sprint, in which Seung-Hoon Lee and Livio Wenger were faster. It meant bronze for Swings. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span arial",sans-serif"="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: italic;">Livio Wenger second in mass-start <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">Livio Wenger won a rare skating medal for Switzerland, that only has some known skaters in Franz Krienbühl and Martin Hänggi. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" arial",sans-serif;="" mso-ansi-language:en-us"="">The 24-year old Wenger won the silver on the mass-start. He ended up fourth in the semi-final, and in the final Wenger actually was very clever. He did not interfere in the sprints, which almost have no influence on the final result, but waited for the final sprint. And he came very close to victory. Wenger was only 15 hundreds of a second behind Korean winner Seung-Hoon Lee, but was fast enough to keep Bart Swings behind him. <o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 News article 404 from