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Sunday, 27 January 2008

 

The third day of the World Cup in Hamar started off with a new track record in the women’s 1000m. Anni Friesinger raced to a time of 1:14.81, which was more than a second faster than the second time of the day, skated by Christine Nesbitt (1:15.84). Third was Ireen Wüst in 1:15.85.

 

In the men’s 1000m Denny Morrison won his second World Cup gold this season when he clocked a time of 1:08.57. Morrison already won two World Cup 1000m’s in Calgary, today’s gold medal was his first World Cup victory outside Canada. “I was happy with my opener, but expected a faster first lap than a 25.2.  I was confident that if I skated a smooth last lap I could make the podium, but I didn't expect to win!  Glad I shot the skate.” Morrison will not be competing at the World Cup in Baselga next weekend, his next competition will be the World All-round Championships in Berlin two weeks from now. The silver medal in the 1000m was for Simon Kuipers after skating to a time of 1:08.58 and third was Jeremy Wotherspoon in 1:08.59.

 

In the last distance of the weekend, the 10k, Håvard Bøkko won the gold medal in a time of 13:09.61. His pair, Tom Prinsen, withdrew from the competition just minutes before the start due to the flue, so Bøkko was forced to race alone. The silver was won by Chad Hedrick in a time of 13:11.20 and Bob de Jong won the bronze medal after skating to a time of 13:12.71. In the B-division Mark Ooijevaar raced to a time of 13:12.60 which would have been fast enough for the third place, had he skated in the A-division. Carl Verheijen did not finish his race after a fall.

 

For complete results see here.

Saturday, 26 January 2008

 

On the second day of the World Cup in Hamar Jeremy Wotherspoon skated to an even faster time than he did yesterday and clocked a track record time of 34.31. Second was Joon Mun in 34.75, third was Mika Poutala in 34.88.

 

In the 1500m, Simon Kuipers skated a track record time as well: 1:44.74. Sven Kramer seems to be getting better in this distance. After winning the gold medal at the World Cup in Heerenveen last December, he now skated to the second time of the day: 1:44.75. The bronze medal was for Denny Morrison (1:44.82).

 

 

Jenny Wolf managed to skate the exact same time as she did yesterday in the 500m: 37.52, once again good for the gold medal. Second was Sang-Hwa Lee in 38.19, third was Annette Gerritsen in 38.33.

 

And finally, there were no surprises in the women’s 5000m: Martina Sablikova won in a track record time of 6:51.83. The silver medal was for Claudia Pechstein (6:56.57) and the bronze medal was won by Clara Hughes (7:01.44).

 

For complete results see here.

For an interview with Jeremy Wotherspoon see here.

Friday, 25 January 2008

 

On the first day of the World Cup in Hamar Jeremy Wotherspoon took the gold in a new track record time of 34.55. “Overall it was pretty good”, Wotherspoon told Speed Skating Canada. “I wanted to enter my turns a lot better than I did at the Worlds and follow through on my pushes. I did all that better today than last weekend. But after the race, I was immediately thinking about things I can do better for the next race.” Second was Keiichiro Nagashima in a time of 34.74 and after withdrawing from the World Sprint Championships last weekend in Heerenveen, Pekka Koskela managed to win the bronze medal in Hamar by skating a time of 34.77. Noteworthy is that in the B-division Jacques de Koning took the gold in a time of 34.90. Had he skated in the A-division, this time would have been fast enough for a sixth place.

 

 

In the women’s 500m there were no surprises. Jenny Wolf made sure everybody knew why she was crowned world sprint champion last week in Heerenveen, by winning in a time of 37.55. The silver medal was won by Sang-Hwa Lee (38.07) and third was Marianne Timmer (38.23).

 

The second distance for the women today was the 1500m. Ireen Wüst raced to a time of 1:54.65, fast enough for the gold. With a gap of more than 2 seconds Paulien van Deutekom came in second (1:56.84) and the bronze was for Christine Nesbitt (1:57.14). It was Nesbitt's fifth podium finish in this distance this season. “I hadn’t skated a World Cup in over a month so I’m very happy with the medal”, Nesbitt told Speed Skating Canada. “However, I wasn’t totally pleased with how I raced today. My finish was strong but I didn’t have a lot of speed at the start. You need that good start in the 1500m if you want to win.”

 

For complete results see here.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Last weekend, The World Sprints took place in Heerenveen. In the women’s tournament Jenny Wolf took the overall title after convincingly winning both 500m’s. On Saturday as well as Sunday she skated to a new track record time (37.64 and 37.60). On Saturday Anni Friesinger won the women’s 1000m in a time of 1:15.58, Sunday’s 1000m was for Ireen Wüst (1:15.59).

 

The women’s tournament lost an important competitor when Beixing Wang withdrew after her first 1000m. Last week her skates had gone missing on her flight to The Netherlands and even though she did start out the competition on new skates, her results on Saturday were too disappointing to continue the next day. Her coach withdrew her from the competition after her first 1000m on Saturday. Ironically, her suitcase was returned to her on Saturday evening.

 

Jenny Wolf won the overall world sprint title, second was Anni Friesinger, third was Annette Gerritsen.

 

The men’s tournament turned into a true thriller on Sunday. On Saturday, Jeremy Wotherspoon had won the 500m in a new track record time of 34.81. And even though he ‘only’ won bronze in the 1000m, he took the lead after day 1. Saturday’s 1000m was won by Jan Bos (1:09.13), who was in silver position after day 1.

Day 2, however, turned the overall classifications upside-down when Kyou-Hyuk Lee won the 500m as well as the 1000m. In the 500m he raced to a 34.85. In the race after that, Jan Bos and Jeremy Wotherspoon were paired together, but Bos fell when crossing over, after which Wotherspoon clocked a time of 34.95. “I had a mental lapse when Bos fell”, Wotherspoon told Speed Skating Canada. “I didn’t really hesitate much, but there were a couple of strides where I wasn’t on it like I should have been. I think if I would have stayed focused, I would have had a much better time. I was going pretty good at that point."

In the end, this Bos-Wotherspoon 500m race proved to the pivotal race of the men’s tournament. Bos was no longer competing for the overall title and Wotherspoon, who was still taking the lead after three distances, had lost precious time for his 1000m race against Kyou-Hyuk Lee. Eventually, Lee won the 1000m in a time of 1:08.82, and Wotherspoon’s time of 1:09.54 proved to be too slow for the overall title.

Like last year, Kyou-Hyuk Lee won the overall sprint title, second was Jeremy Wotherspoon, third was Joon Mun.

Most important results

Women:

 

1st 500m

1. Jenny Wolf 37.64

2. Annette Gerritsen 38.36

3. Sang-Hwa Lee 38.46

 

1st 1000m

1. Anni Friesinger 1:15.58

2. Ireen Wüst 1:15.64

3. Marianne Timmer 1:16.75

 

2nd 500m

1. Jenny Wolf 37.60

2. Sang-Hwa Lee 38.27

3. Annette Gerritsen 38.44

 

2nd 1000m

1. Ireen Wüst 1:15.59

2. Anni Friesinger 1:15.82

3. Annette Gerritsen 1:15.91

 

Men:

 

1st 500m

1. Jeremy Wotherspoon 34.81

2. Kyou-Hyuk Lee 34.99

3. Kang-Seok Lee 35.13

 

1st 1000m

1. Jan Bos 1:09.13

2. Simon Kuipers 1:09.46

3. Jeremy Wotherspoon 1:09.47

 

2nd 500m

1. Kyou-Hyuk Lee 34.85

2. Jeremy Wotherspoon 34.95

3. Joon Mun 35.00

 

2nd 1000m

1. Kyou-Hyuk Lee 1:08.82

2. Jan Bos 1:08.94

3. Joon Mun 1:09.20

 

For complete results see here.

 

 

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

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Monday, 14 January 2008

Yesterday, on the second day of the Continental Cup in Calgary the women’s 1500m was won by Christine Nesbitt in a time of 1:55.32. Shani Davis won the gold medal in the men’s 1500m after he skated to a time of 1:43.84. Davis won his fourth gold medal of the weekend in the 10k later that day (13:21.97). Clara Hughes won the 5000m in a time of 6:53.04, which was the only time under 7 minutes. Nesbitt took a huge chunk off of her personal best time in the 5000m. Finishing fourth she raced to a time of 7:07.15.

 

With four second places Cindy Klassen won the overall competition. By winning all four distances Shani Davis secured his place at the top of the rankings.

 

Canada will send four men and four women to the World All-round Championships in Berlin, February 9 and 10.

 

For complete results see here.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

The second day of the European All-round Championships started out well for the Dutch ladies. Ireen Wüst managed to win her first gold medal of the weekend: she won the 1500m in a time of 1:56.88. Paulien van Deutekom won the silver medal in 1:57.07 and Marrit Leenstra continued her successful debut by winning the bronze medal in a time of 1:57.24.

 

In 1988 Tomas Gustafson won the overall European All-round Championships title by winning all four distances. After two victories yesterday, Sven Kramer didn¿t succeed in winning the 1500m today, thereby making it impossible for him to do the same thing Gustafson did. In an impressive new track record time Yevgeny Lalenkov skated to 1:45.24. Second was Enrico Fabris (1:45.45) and Kramer won the bronze medal after skating a 1:45.52.

 

In the last distance, the 5000m, Martina Sablikova won the gold medal in a time of 6:53.42. Second was Ireen Wüst (6:57.87) and third was Paulien van Deutekom in a time of 7:02.40. The silver medal in this distance was enough for Wüst to win the overall title, Van Deutekom finished second and Sablikova finished third in the overall rankings.

 

In the 10k Sven Kramer did what everybody expected him to do; he won the longest distance in a time of 13:03.30, which was also a track record. His pair Håvard Bøkko came in second (13:06.42) and Enrico Fabris finished third in a time of 13:14.22. After three distance victories and one bronze medal in the 1500m, Kramer took the overall title, followed by Bøkko and Fabris.

 

For complete results see here.

Saturday, 12 January 2008

On the first day of the European All-round Championships in Kolomna, Sven Kramer had a great start. In the 500m he won the gold in a new personal best time of 36.20. Second was Konrad Niedzwiedski in a time of 36.21 and third was Yevgeny Lalenkov in a time of 36.22. Enrico Fabris had a bad start of his day when his pair Jarmo Valtonen was disqualified after a second false start. He raced to a disappointing time of 36.76, already losing a lot of time to Kramer.

 

In the women’s 500m Yekaterina Lobysheva took the gold in a time of 39.24. Biggest surprise of the day was probably the silver of Marrit Leenstra (39.26). Only 18 years old and having a great debut with a phenomenal personal best, she took a huge chunk off of her old personal best time. The bronze was for Paulien van Deutekom (39.40).

 

In the men’s 5000m there were no surprises. Sven Kramer won in a fast time of 6:11.78, making the gap between him and his competitors even bigger. Håvard Bøkko came in second in a time of 6:17.45 and the bronze was for Wouter Olde Heuvel (6:17.69). After two victories Kramer has a strong position in the overall rankings after the first day.

 

Martina Sablikova won the 3000m in a time of 4:01.67. The silver was for Ireen Wüst, who raced to a time of 4:02.14. After her third place in the 500m, Paulien van Deutekom once again took the bronze medal in a time of 4:03.40. Despite a disappointing start for Wüst in the 500m, she is now taking the lead in the overall rankings after one day of competition.

 

For complete results see here.

 

 

At the Continental Cup in Calgary Shani Davis is taking the lead after winning the 500m in 35.43 and the 5000m in 6:19.23. Noteworthy is the silver medal for Philippe Riopel in the 500m: he skated to a Canadian junior record time of 35.71.

 

In the women’s 500m, Christine Nesbitt won the gold medal after skating a 38.92. Clara Hughes won the 3000m in 4:03.13. After two distances Nesbitt is taking the lead in the overall rankings.

 

For complete results see here.

Sunday, 6 January 2008

 

On the second day of the Dutch Sprint Championships in Heerenveen Marianne Timmer took the gold in the women’s 500m after skating a time of 38.93. Second was Margot Boer in 39.04 and third was Sanne van der Star (39.20). Although Annette Gerritsen had planned to start in the 500m today, she withdrew from the competition due to her fall in the 1000m yesterday. Because of her fall and withdrawal it is not completely sure if she will be allowed to start at the World Sprints in Heerenveen two weeks from now.

 

In the women’s 1000m Ireen Wüst was the fastest once again in a time of 1:16.00. Second was Paulien van Deutekom in 1:16.92 and Jorien Voorhuis won the bronze medal in a time of 1:17.34. Marianne Timmer placed fourth in the 1000m and won the overall sprint title for the 10th time with a margin of only 0.07 on Ireen Wüst, who won the silver medal.

 

Like yesterday, Jacques de Koning won the men’s 500m in a time of 35.31. After a disappointing 500m yesterday, Erben Wennemars managed to win the silver medal today by skating 35.41. The bronze medal was for Simon Kuipers (35.50).

 

Jan Bos won the gold medal in the men’s 1000m in 1:09.23. Second was Remco Olde Heuvel in 1:09.65 and third Lars Elgersma in a new personal best time of 1:09.78. The overall sprint title was won by Jan Bos after winning both 1000m’s this weekend.

 

For complete results see here.

 

 

In Calgary Jeremy Wotherspoon once again showed that he is in excellent shape this season by skating a 34.16 in the 500m on the second day of the Canada Cup. His next international competition will be the World Sprints in Heerenveen, January 19-20.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

 

On the first day of the Dutch Sprint Championships in Heerenveen Jacques de Koning surprisingly won the 500m in a time of 35.39. Second was Simon Kuipers, who finished in a time of 35.40 and third was Lars Elgersma in a personal best time of 35.46. Erben Wennemars skated a disappointing time of 36.22, finishing 15th.

 

Jan Bos seems to be on track to winning his 6th Dutch sprint title after skating to the fastest time in the 1000m (1:09.12) and taking the lead after two distances. Second was Erben Wennemars in a time of 1:09.40. Third was Lars Elgersma in 1:09.83. Jan Smeekens withdrew from the competition after only one distance due to the flue.

 

In the women’s 500m Annette Gerritsen took the gold in a time of 38.52. Margot Boer clocked the second time (38.78) and third was 9 time Dutch sprint champion Marianne Timmer in a time of 38.85.

 

Ireen Wüst proved again to be the fastest Dutch woman in the 1000m by winning this distance in a time of 1:16.77. Second was Paulien van Deutekom in 1:16.99 and third was Marianne Timmer in a time of 1:17.26. Winner of the 500m, Annette Gerritsen, was on track towards a fast time when she fell in the last corner. Because she didn’t finish her race, she will not be allowed to race in the 1000m on Sunday.

 

For complete results see here.

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

On the last day of 2007 and of the Canadian Single Distances Championships Kristina Groves won her third gold medal of the competition after she raced to the fastest time in the women’s 5000m: 7:01.02. Second was Christine Nesbitt in a new personal best time of 7:14.99 (previous best time: 7:16.50), third was Nicole Garrido in 7:19.37. After her three gold medals Groves also took the overall all-round title. “I was in the midst of some training coming into this competition, so I didn't expect to do this well”, Groves told Speed Skating Canada. “It was nice to see the things that I've been working on in practice come through for me today. I was happy with how I built my speed in the 5000m.”

In the men’s 10k the gold medal was for Lucas Makowsky, who skated a new personal best time of 13:34.70 (previous best time: 13:46.34). “It wasn't really my goal to come in here and win this race”, Makowsky told Speed Skating Canada. “But I stuck with my plan throughout the race. I held it together really well and my splits were very even. I didn't know how my time was comparing to the others in the race but I felt I was going to be in contention when I saw my splits.” Second was Denny Morrison in another personal best time of 13:41.65 (previous best time: 13:45.14). Morrison also won the overall all-round title. Third in the 10k was Steven Elm in 13:42.52.

 

For complete results see here.

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