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Sunday, 24 February 2008

World Cup Finals Heerenveen

 

On the last day of the World Cup Finals in Heerenveen the women’s 1000m was won by Anni Friesinger in a time of 1:15.57. Paulien van Deutekom won the silver medal, 1.2 seconds behind Friesinger, in a time of 1:16.77. Shannon Rempel managed to win the bronze medal after racing to a time of 1:16.82. This victory in the 1000m marked Friesinger’s 8th this World Cup season and was obviously enough to earn her the overall 1000m World Cup title.

Final results World Cup 1000m women:

1. Anni Friesinger 1010 points

2. Ireen Wüst 602 points

3. Shannon Rempel 516 points

 

The men’s 1000m was won by Shani Davis in a time of 1:08.63. His pair Denny Morrison finished 2nd in a time of 1:08.75. Simon Kuipers won the bronze medal after skating a time of 1:09.22.

Final results World Cup 1000m men:

1. Shani Davis 840 points

2. Denny Morrison 736 points

3. Jan Bos 550 points.

 

The women’s Team Pursuit was won by Canada in a time of 3:02.69, in the men’s Team Pursuit The Netherlands skated a new track record time of 3:40.20.

 

Final results World Cup Team Pursuit women:

1. Canada 350 points

2. Germany 330 points

3. Russia 330 points

 

Final results World Cup Team Pursuit men:

1. Netherlands 375 points

2. Canada 360 points

3. Norway 330 points

For complete results see here.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

World Cup Finals Heerenveen

 

The second day of the World Cup Finals brought no real surprises. The women’s 500m was won by Jenny Wolf in a time of 38.32. Like yesterday Sang-Hwa Lee won the silver medal, after skating to a time of 38.70, and third was Svetlana Kaykan, who finished in 38.82. Marianne Timmer was disqualified after a false start, causing her to tumble in the overall rankings from a 3rd to a 6th place.

Final results World Cup 500m women:

1. Jenny Wolf 1460 points

2. Annette Gerritsen 928 points

3. Sang-Hwa Lee 714 points

 

The men’s 500 saw the same winner as Friday. Jeremy Wotherspoon again finished in a time under 35 seconds: 34.92. This race marked his 49th World Cup victory in the 500m. Joji Kato finished in 35.07 (silver) and Dmitry Lobkov raced to a time of 35.12 (bronze).

Final results World Cup 500m men:

1. Jeremy Wotherspoon 1080 points

2. Kang-Seok Lee 775 points

3. Dmitry Lobkov 725 points

 

In a time of 1:56.61 Paulien van Deutekom won the gold medal in the women’s 1500m. Ireen Wüst finished in a time of 1:57.04, which was enough for the silver medal. Third was Kristina Groves in 1:57.63, earning her enough points to become World Cup Champion in this distance. Christine Nesbitt finished 13th and had to settle for second overall.

Final results World Cup 1500m women:

1. Kristina Groves 555 points

2. Christine Nesbitt 508 points

3. Ireen Wüst 338 points

 

In the men’s 5000m Sven Kramer once again proved he’s the one to be reckoned with when it comes to the long distances. He won in a time of 6:15.10. Second was Enrico Fabris in a time of 6:18.56 and third was Wouter Olde Heuvel (6:20.21). Håvard Bøkko finished sixth, but he did manage to win the overall World Cup title with 445 points. Kramer, who didn’t enter every World Cup competition this season, finished second.

Final results World Cup 5000/10000m men:

1. Håvard Bøkko 445 points

2. Sven Kramer 430 points

3. Enrico Fabris 300 points

For complete results see here.

World Junior Championships

On the second day of the World Junior Championships Marrit Leenstra (NED) won the 1000m in a time of 1:18.97. The silver medal was won by Lu Zhang (CHN, 1:21.12) and third was Olga Fatkulina (RUS), who finished in a time of 1:21.35.

 

The last distance, the 3000m, was also won by Marrit Leenstra in a time of 4:21.15, which was enough for the overall title. Do-Yeong Park (KOR) raced to a time of 4:21.70, earning her a silver medal and Nicole Garido (CAN) finished third in a time of 4:22.50. Canadian Justine l’Heureux, who finished eighth in this distance, managed to hold on to her second place in the overall rankings. She is the first Canadian woman to win an overall medal at the World Juniors since Shannon Rempel in 2004. “I’m extremely pleased with my overall result”, l’Heureux told Speed Skating Canada. “My goal coming into the competition was to get at least a top-five finish. I couldn’t have expected a better result.”

 

Overall rankings after four distances:

1. Marrit Leenstra (NED)

2. Justine l’Heureux (CAN)

3. Jorieke van der Geest (NED)

 

In the men’s 1500m Jan Blokhuijsen (NED) won the gold medal in a time of 1:50.98. Berden de Vries (NED) finished in the exact same time and third was Koen Verweij (NED) in 1:51.24.

 

Koen Verweij finished first in the 5000m in a time of 6:38.90. Jan Blokhuijsen, who won the overall title, finished second in a time of 6:40.18 and third was Berden de Vries in 6:43.70.

 

Overall rankings after four distances:

1. Jan Blokhuijsen (NED)

2. Koen Verweij (NED)

3. Berden de Vries (NED)

For complete results see here.

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

Friday, 22 February 2008

World Cup Finals Heerenveen

 

On the first day of the World Cup Finals in Heerenveen, Jeremy Wotherspoon did what he has been doing almost every competition he entered this season. He won the 500m in a time of 34.82, only 0.01 seconds off his track record set at the World Sprints in January, making it his 20th race under 35 seconds this season. “My race had a lot of strong points”, Wotherspoon told Speed Skating Canada. “Overall it was definitely a good season for me in the 500m. I didn’t know exactly how things would go after taking last season off. It feels good to come back and have things go this well. It’s a great way to start the weekend.” Joji Kato won the silver medal in a time of 34.84, third was Kyou-Hyuk Lee in 34.99.

 

In the women’s 500m Jenny Wolf skated the fastest time: 37.89, which was her 11th World Cup victory of the season. Like Wotherspoon in the men’s 500m, Wolf collected enough points to become World Cup Champion this season, with only one 500m competition left on Saturday. Sang-Hwa Lee came in second in a time of 38.38 and the bronze medal was won by Marianne Timmer and Annette Gerritsen, who skated the exact same time: 38.52.

 

Martina Sablikova won the 3000m. After winning six out of seven 3000m competitions she was crowned World Cup Champion with 730 points. She skated a time of 4:03.75. Second was Ireen Wüst in a time of 4:04.24 and third was Renate Groenewold in 4:04.98.

Final results World Cup 3000/5000m women:

1. Martina Sablikova 730 points

2. Claudia Pechstein 490 points

3. Renate Groenewold 355 points

 

In the men’s 1500m Shani Davis skated the fastest time: 1:45.25. Second was Denny Morrison in a time of 1:45.51 and third was Enrico Fabris in 1:45.53. Due to poor results in this distance by Simon Kuipers, Erben Wennemars and Mark Tuitert, Davis managed to move up from a 4th place in the overall rankings to winning the overall 1500m World Cup title.

Final results World Cup 1500m men:

1. Shani Davis 460 points

2. Simon Kuipers 426 points

3. Mark Tuitert 413 points

For complete results see here.

World Junior Championships

This weekend the World Junior Championships take place in China. After one day of competition and two distances Jan Blokhuijsen and Marrit Leenstra of the Netherlands take the lead in the overall rankings.

In the women’s 500m Lu Zhang (CHN) took the gold medal in a time of 39.05. Second was Marrit Leenstra in 40.33 and third was Seung-Joo Park (CHN) in 40.44.

 

The 1500m was won by Marrit Leenstra in a time of 2:02.24. Justine l’Heureux (CAN) took the silver medal after racing to a time of 2:04.92 and the bronze medal was for Roxanne van Hemert (NED, 2:05.90).

 

The men’s 500m was won by Philippe Riopel (CAN) in a time of 36.79, second was Roman Kretzj (KAZ) in 37.07 and third was Trevor Marsicano (USA) in 37.17.

 

In the men’s 3000m Jan Blokhuijsen was the fastest in a time of :3.50.37. The silver medal was won by Koen Verweij (NED, 3:51.19) and the bronze medal was for Berden de Vries (NED, 3:51.87).

 

For complete results see here.

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

Sunday, 17 February 2008

 

On the second day of the World Cup in Inzell Jenny Wolf once again took the gold medal in the women’s 500m. She raced to a time of 38.51. Second was Annette Gerritsen in a time of 39.13 and third was Svetlana Kaykan, who skated a time of 39.31.

 

Jeremy Wotherspoon raced to his 65th World Cup victory by skating a 35.35 in the men’s 500m. The silver medal was won by Keiichiro Nagashima (35.70) and Mike Ireland surprisingly skated exactly the same time: 35.70. Joji Kato and Denny Morrison both finished fourth in a time of 35.85.

 

In the women’s 1000m we saw the same podium as yesterday. Anni Friesinger won in a time of 1:16.45, second was Ireen Wüst in 1:17.95, third was Shannon Rempel in 1:18.41.

 

The men’s 1000m also had the same podium as yesterday. Shani Davis won his fourth World Cup 1000m this season in a new track record time of 1:09.65. The silver medal was won by Denny Morrison (1:09.86), third was Jan Bos in 1:09.94.

 

For complete results see here.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

On the first day of the World Cup there were no surprises in the women’s 500m. At the outdoor rink Jenny Wolf won her ninth World Cup gold medal of the season after skating to a time of 38.66. Second was Annette Gerritsen in 39.54, third was Sayuri Yoshii in 39.61.

 

The men’s 500m saw one huge surprise when Jeremy Wotherspoon did not succeed in winning his seventh World Cup gold medal of the season. He had to settle for the silver medal (35.61). Joji Kato finished in the fastest time of the day: 35.48. Keiichiro Nagashima, Wotherspoon’s pair, won the bronze medal in a time of 35.82.

 

For the sixth time this season Anni Friesinger won the 1000m. She raced to a time of 1:17.78 on her home rink in Inzell. Second was Ireen Wüst in a time 1:18.79, third was Shannon Rempel in 1:19.24.

 

And finally, Shani Davis won his third 1000m this season (1:10.58). The silver medal was for Denny Morrison (1:11.03), the bronze was for Jan Bos (1:11.26).

 

For complete results see here.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

 

On the second day of the World All-round Championships in Berlin Paulien van Deutekom surprisingly won the overall title. Earlier today she won the silver medal in the 1500m (1:57.83) and the bronze medal in the 5000m (7:07.10), which proved to be enough to be crowned World All-round Champion.

 

The women’s 1500m was won by Van Deutekom’s teammate Ireen Wüst in a time of 1:57.59, the bronze medal was for Christine Nesbitt (1:58.57). In the women’s final distance, the 5000m, Martina Sablikova won after skating a time of 6:59.26, second was kristina Groves in 7:06.22.

 

Pauline van Deutekom won the overall title, second was Ireen Wüst, third was Kristina Groves.

 

Like last year, the men’s overall title at the World All-rounds was for Sven Kramer. He finished fourth in the 1500m and convincingly skated to the fastest time in the 10k.

 

The men’s 1500m was won by Shani Davis in 1:45.93, 0.05 seconds faster than silver medalist Denny Morrison (1:45.98). The bronze medal was for Yevgeny Lalenkov (1:46.39). In the men’s final distance, the 10k, Sven Kramer won in a new track record time of 13:09.06. After the 1500m Håvard Bøkko was in fourth place overall, but due to a great 10k (13.10.87) he moved up to the second place in the overall rankings. The bronze medal in the 10k was for Wouter Olde Heuvel (13.20.97).

 

 

Overall, the title was for Sven Kramer, second was Håvard Bøkko, third was Shani Davis.

 

All in all, it was a successful weekend for coach Gerard Kemkers, with Kramer, Van Deutekom and Wüst on the podium.

 

 

For complete results see here.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

 

Check out our video material section for highlights of day 1 of the World All-round Championships in Berlin, broadcasted by the NOS (Dutch Television).

Saturday, 9 February 2008

 

On the first day of the World All-round Championships in Berlin the women’s as well as the men’s 500m were won by Canadians: Christine Nesbitt and Denny Morrison raced to the fastest times of the day.

 

In the women’s 500m Christine Nesbitt won in a time of 39.03. Last year’s World All-round Champion Ireen Wüst won the silver medal after skating a 39.28, third was Wang Fei in 39.57.

 

Denny Morrison won the 500m in a time of 35.81, which marked his first World Championship gold medal. Shani Davis took the silver medal after skating a 35.85, the bronze was for Sven Kramer (36.22).

 

The women’s 3000m was surprisingly won by Paulien van Deutekom after she skated to 4:03.33. Second was Martina Sablikova (4:05.69), third was Kristina Groves (4:06.36).

 

 

After the first day Paulien van Deutekom takes the lead, second is Christine Nesbitt, third is Ireen Wüst.

 

In the men’s 5000m there were no surprises: Sven Kramer took the gold medal in 6:13.35. The sliver medal was for Håvard Bøkko (6:17.64), the bronze was for Chad Hedrick (6:18.90). Disappointing was Enrico Fabris’ 6:33.61 and tenth place in the 5000m. He was considered to be one of the overall medal contestants, but for now has to settle for a ninth place in the overall rankings.

 

After the first day Sven Kramer takes the lead, second is Shani Davis, third is Håvard Bøkko.

 

For complete results see here.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Click here for a preview of the World All-rounds in Berlin broadcasted by the NOS (Dutch Television), including an interview with Shani Davis.

Sunday, 3 February 2008

 

Because the weather forecast had promised snow, races started early Sunday morning on the second day of the World Cup in Baselga di Pine. The day started off with the women’s 3000m. For the fifth time this season Martina Sablikova showed she’s the one to be reckoned with when it comes to the long distances. She clocked 4:11.09, which was fast enough for the gold medal. Claudia Pechstein came in second in a time of 4:14.20. The bronze medal was for Katrin Mattscherodt ( 4:15.03).

 

After missing the World Sprints and last weekend’s World Cup in Hamar, Shani Davis won the gold medal in the 1500m in a time of 1:46.85, which was a new track record and the fastest outdoor 1500m time of the season. Second was Simon Kuipers, who finished in a time of 1:47.39. This gives Kuipers the lead in the overall World Cup rankings for the 1500m. Third was Mark Tuitert in 1:47.68.

 

In the men’s Team Pursuit Norway took the gold medal in a time of 3:53.10. The team of the Netherlands came in second (3:53.38) and Russia took the bronze in a time of 3:53.47.

 

Russia took the gold medal in the women’s Team Pursuit in a time of 3:11.62. Second was Japan (3:11.91) and third was Poland in a time of 3:15.57. The women’s Team Pursuit was supposed to take place yesterday, but was rescheduled due to bad weather conditions.

 

For complete results see here.

Saturday, 2 February 2008

 

The first day of the World Cup in Baselga di Pine was one of many surprises. The women's 1500m was won by Kristina Groves in a time of 2:01.07. Second was Martina Sablikova, who skated a time of 2:02.93, and the bronze was for 1500m World Cup leader Christine Nesbitt, who managed to finish in a time of 2:02.98. Other favourites like Anni Friesinger and Cindy Klassen finished low in the rankings due to bad weather conditions.

 

Later today the men's 5000m was cancelled after four races due to those same weather conditions. Mark Ooijevaar started in the first pair and finished in an acceptable time of 6:49.76. Shani Davis, who started in the third pair, finished in a disappointing time above 7 minutes. These times were removed from the rankings after the referee decided to stop the race.

 

The women's Team Pursuit is postponed until tomorrow.

 

For complete results see here.

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