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Saturday, 31 January 2009

 

 

More track records on the second day of the World Cup in Erfurt: Tucker Fredricks, Martina Sablikova and Denny Morrison all skated faster than had ever been skated before in Erfurt in respectively the men’s 500m, the women’s 3000m and the men’s 1500m. In the women’s 500m Jenny Wolf raced to another gold medal.

 

In the second 500m of this World Cup weekend there was another gold medal and the overall victory for Jenny Wolf. Today she raced to 37.85. Also like yesterday, Jing Yu claimed the silver medal; today she needed 38.00 to complete the distance. Annette Gerritsen finished third in 38.28.

  

Like last week in Kolomna, Tucker Fredricks raced to the gold medal in the second 500m. He finished in a new track record time of 34.91, the first sub 35 second 500m in Erfurt. The silver medal was for Fengtong Yu (35.00), and Jan Smeekens finished third (35.26).

 

In the 3000m, Martina Sablikova skated to a new track record: 4:03.65. After her silver medal in the 1500m yesterday, Daniela Anschütz-Thoms claimed another silver medal in today’s 3000m (4:05.14) and the bronze medal was for Renate Groenewold (4:06.60).

 

And last but not least, there was a North-American podium in today’s 1500m for men. The gold medal was for world champion and world record holder in this distance, Denny Morrison. It was his first World Cup victory in the 1500m, after claiming several gold medals in the 1000m over the last couple of seasons, including two gold medals last weekend in Kolomna. Morrison finished in a new track record time of 1:45.32. Trevor Marsicano finished second in 1:46.00 and the bronze was for Shani Davis (1:46.25).

 

For complete results see here.

 

Click here  for an interview with Sven Kramer after his fourth place in the 1500m (Dutch).
 
 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen.

Friday, 30 January 2009

 

Four distances on the first day of the World Cup in Erfurt resulted in three new track records. Fengtong Yu, Jenny Wolf and Sven Kramer respectively won the men’s 500m, the women’s 500m and the men’s 5000m in a new track record time, and Anni Friesinger raced to the fastest time in the women’s 1500m.

 

In the women’s 500m Jenny Wolf once again showed the world she is the one to beat when she raced to the fastest time of the day. She set a new track record of 37.58, 0.3 seconds faster than the old one. Jing Yu from China won the silver medal in a time of 38.18, Peiyu Jin raced to the bronze (38.30).

 

Fengtong Yu managed to hold on to his leading position in the World Cup 500m rankings when he raced to a new track record time of 35.03. His pair Keiichiro Nagashima came in second in a time of 35.04. Last week’s gold-medalist Tucker Fredricks won the bronze (35.12).

 

After having been absent from the World Cup circuit during the first half of the season due to knee surgery, today Anni Friesinger proved that she’s almost fully recovered when she managed to race to the fastest time in the 1500m (1:56.90). This was not fast enough though to improve her own track record time, which she skated at a World Cup on 17 February 2007 (1:56.10). The silver medal was for Daniela Anschütz-Thoms (1:58.13) and Ireen Wüst won her first international medal this season when she raced to a time of 1:58.54.

 

In the final distance of the day, the men’s 5000m, Sven Kramer crushed the track record by skating the distance 10 seconds faster than the old one. He raced to a time of 6:16.02. Second was Håvard Bøkko in a time of 6:22.37 and Bob de Jong won the bronze medal (6:23.45).

 

For complete results see here.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

 

The second day of the Sprint World Cup in Kolomna only saw one new gold-medalist in comparison to yesterday: like yesterday Jenny Wolf, Margot Boer and Denny Morrison raced to the fastest times of the day in respectively the 500m and the 1000m. The big surprise of the day, though, was Tucker Fredrick’s gold medal in the men’s 500m.

 

 

In the women’s 500m there was another gold medal for Jenny Wolf. Like yesterday, she raced to the fastest time of the day, though today’s race was a bit slower than the 500m she skated yesterday: 37.67. The silver medal was for Peiyu Jin (38.01) and Jing Yu finished third (38.13).

 

The gold medal in the men’s 500m surprisingly went to Tucker Fredricks. Fredricks had not made the podium in the 500m thus far this season, but today he beat all the other competitors after he skated to a time of 34.81. Yesterday’s gold-medalist in the 500m, Keiichiro Nagashima, finished second in 34.87, and the bronze medal was for Fengtong Yu (34.89).

 

Like yesterday, Margot Boer claimed the gold medal in the women’s 1000m, which was her second World Cup gold medal ever. Today she needed 1:15.79, a new track record. Anni Friesinger, working on her comeback, finished second in 1:15.81, and like yesterday, Christine Nesbitt claimed the bronze medal (1:15.85).

 

After finishing first yesterday, Denny Morrison skated to another track record in the 1000m today when he raced to a time of 1:08.53. Like yesterday, the silver medal was for Stefan Groothuis (1:08.67) and Mark Tuitert finished third (1:09.09). Shani Davis, who fell in yesterday’s 500m and injured himself in such a way he decided to let yesterday’s 1000m pass him by, finished fourth in today’s 1000m in 1:09.22.

 

Click here for complete results.

 

 

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

 

A week after the World Sprint Championships in Moscow, most sprinters traveled to Kolomna for the third sprints-only World Cup of the season. On the first day of this competition there were gold medals for Jenny Wolf, Margot Boer, Keiichiro Nagashima, and Denny Morrison.

 

In the first distance of the day, the women’s 500m, Jenny Wolf raced to a new track record time of 37.51. This was Wolf’s 7th World Cup victory of the nine 500m World Cups that have been skated so far, and this 37.51 was also a season best 500m race for her. Last weekend, Wolf finished second overall at the World Sprint Championships. Annette Gerritsen, who fell at last weekend’s World Sprints, finished second today in 38.02, and the bronze medal was for Jing Yu, last weekend’s overall bronze medalist (38.17).

 

In the men’s 500m, Keiichiro Nagashima, last weekend’s overall silver-medalist in Moscow, raced to the fastest time of the day, he needed 34.85 for his 500m. Fengtong Yu, who finished 11th overall last weekend, skated to the silver medal today (34.89), and Yuya Oikawa took the bronze (34.96). Shani Davis, who was crowned World Sprint Champion last weekend, fell in today’s 500m, and hurt himself in such a way that he decided to let the 1000m later today pass him by.

 

After claiming a gold and bronze medal in the 1000m at last weekend’s World Sprint Championships, Margot Boer won her very first World Cup gold medal today, again in the 1000m. She needed 1:15.84 to complete the distance, a new track record. Jing Yu climbed on the podium for the second time today after finishing second in the 1000m in a time of 1:16.04, and the bronze medal was for Christine Nesbitt (1:16.26), who was absent in Moscow last weekend.

 

Denny Morrison, who finished fifth overall last weekend, won his first World Cup gold medal of the season in today’s men’s 1000m. Today, he raced to a new track record time of 1:08.71. The silver medal was for his pair Stefan Groothuis (1:08.97). Last weekend Groothuis finished 18th overall after he toed into the ice just a few steps into his first 500m and went down. Today’s bronze medal was for Yevgeny Lalenkov (1:09.02).

 

Tomorrow races will continue with another 500m and 1000m.

 

Click here for complete results.

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

 

Beixing Wang and Shani Davis were crowned World Sprint Champions on the second day of the World Sprint Championships in Moscow. Davis impressed with a very solid 500m and an impressive victory in the 1000m, Wang did not claim any gold medals at this competition, but was simply the best overall.

 

In the first distance of the day, the 500m for women, there was another gold medal for Jenny Wolf waiting at the finish line after she raced to a 37.86, only 0.05 seconds faster than her most important competitor, Beixing Wang, which proved to be too slow for Wolf to regain her lead in the overall classification. The bronze medal in the women’s 500m was for Sang-Hwa Lee (38.38).

Click here for a video of Wolf’s race against Wang.

 

After yesterday’s track record in the men’s 500m, there was another track record today, skated by Keiichiro Nagashima (34.91). Fengtong Yu finished second in 34.94, and the bronze was for Mika Poutala (35.14). Noteworthy was Shani Davis’s 500m time: 35.18 (his personal best time is 35.17, skated in Calgary).

 

In the women’s 1000m, Anni Friesinger showed she is definitely on her way back after racing to the fastest time of the day and an improvement of the track record skated yesterday by Margot Boer. Today, Friesinger finished in a time of 1:16.01. The silver medal was for Beixing Wang (1:16.40), which proved to be fast enough to claim the overall title as well. Third was yesterday’s gold-medalist in the 1000m, Margot Boer, in a time of 1:16.66.

Click here for a video of Wang’s race against Wolf.

 

After his strong 500m, Shani Davis raced to the gold medal in the 1000m and the World Sprint title when he finished in 1:08.66, an improvement of the track record he skated yesterday. Noteworthy was Denny Morrison’s silver medal in the 1000m after skating to a 1:08.77, also faster than yesterday’s winning time. Morrison finished 17th in yesterday’s 500m and 7th in yesterday’s 1000m, and was 14th overall after a much better 500m today, compared to yesterday’s (36.02./35.71). Thanks to his 1:08.77, however, Morrison climbed to a fifth place overall.

Last week, Speedskating-online posted an interview with Morrison in which he reflects on his first half of the season, click here to read this story. Third in today’s 1000m was Yevgeny Lalenkov (1:09.52).

Click here for a video of Davis’s 1000m race.

 

Two skaters with the potential to end up on the highest step of the overall podium saw their chances ruined by bad luck and a 1000m that simply was not good enough. Kyou-Hyuk Lee, last year’s World Sprint Champion, fell in his 1000m, and Keiichiro Nagashima finished 8th in a time of 1:10.19.

Click here for a video of Lee’s 1000m race.

 

The overall podium on the women’s side was mainly Chinese, with a German silver lining: Beixing Wang was crowned World Sprint Champion, second was Jenny Wolf, and the bronze medal was for Jing Yu.

Four years after his World All-round title in Moscow, Shani Davis was crowned World Champion in Moscow again, but now in Sprints. “Moscow is my favorite track in the world now”, Davis told NOS. Second overall was Keiichiro Nagashima, third was Simon Kuipers.

Click here for videos of the medal ceremonies.

 

Click here for complete results and here for some video highlights of the second day of the World Sprint Championships.

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

 

The Dutch gave a bad start to their first day at the World Sprint Championships in Moscow, despite the gold medal for Margot Boer and the silver and bronze medal for respectively Simon Kuipers and Stefan Groothuis in the 1000m. Three of their strongest skaters fell in the 500m, thereby ruining their chances for a high overall classification. Besides the gold medal for Boer in the 1000m, there were gold medals for Jenny Wolf and Kyou-Hyuk Lee in the 500m, and for Shani Davis in the 1000m.

 

The first day of the World Sprint Championships in Moscow kicked off with the 500m for women. Jenny Wolf, last year’s World Champion, finished first in this distance in a time of 38.00. In this distance, Wolf was expected to finish way ahead of her competition, but Beixing Wang was only .10 seconds slower and claimed the silver medal: 38.10. The bronze medal was for Sang-Hwa Lee (38.33). Last year’s overall bronze-medalist Annette Gerritsen fell in the second corner of her 500m and on top of that she was disqualified for changing lanes after her fall.

Click here for videos of Wolf’s and Gerritsen’s 500m.

 

In the men’s 500m, last year’s World Champion Kyou-Hyuk Lee raced to the fastest time of the day and a new track record: 34.96, the first sub 35 second 500m in Moscow. The silver medal was for Keiichiro Nagashima (35.01), and Fengtong Yu finished third (35.08). The Dutch, however, lost two more skaters who had the potential to end up on the overall podium: Erben Wennemars, two-times World Sprint Champion, fell in the second corner of his 500m and injured himself so badly he had to be taken to the hospital, and Stefan Groothuis, already good for a World Cup gold medal in the 1000m this season, toed into the ice just a few steps into his 500m and went down.

Click here for a video of Wennemars’s and Groothuis’s falls.

 

In the third distance of the day, the women’s 1000m, Margot Boer surprisingly claimed the gold medal. She missed the largest part of the previous season due to a foot injury and seems to be back on track. In today’s 1000m, she finished first in a track record time of 1:16.29. The silver medal was for Anni Friesinger, who is also on her way back after surgery: 1:16.48, and Beixing Wang finished third in 1:16.53.

Click here for a video of Boer’s 1000m.

 

In the men’s 1000m, there was another gold medal for Shani Davis, who already skated to three gold medals in this distance at the Fall World Cups. Today, he finished in a track record time of 1:08.84. Simon Kuipers finished second in 1:08.93 and the bronze was for Stefan Groothuis (1:09.32), thereby revenging his fall earlier today.

Click here for a video of Davis’s 1000m.

 

Overall, in the women’s competition Beixing Wang is now leading, Jenny Wolf is second, and Jing Yu is third. In the men’s competition, Kyou-Hyuk Lee is taking the lead, second is Keiichiro Nagashima, and third is Simon Kuipers.

 

Tomorrow, races will continue with another 500m and 1000m.

 

Click here for complete results and here for some video highlights of the first day of the World Sprint Championships.

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

 

Two weeks ago, at the Canadian Single Distances Championships in Richmond, spots could be earned on the Canadian team that will compete at the World Sprint Championships this weekend in Moscow, but qualifications for the Continental Qualifiers were at stake as well. Last weekend, these Continentals took place in Salt Lake City to determine who will represent Canada, the USA, and possibly New Zealand at the World All-round Championships in Hamar next month. There were six spots in total for this “continent”, and Canada claimed three spots in total on the men’s side and four on the women’s.

 

For Canada, competing at the World Sprint Championships (January 17-18) are:

 

Shannon Rempel

Tamara Oudenaarden

Kerry Dankers

Denny Morrison

Kyle Parrott

Jamie Gregg

 

And competing at the World All-round Championships (February 7-8) are:

 

Kristina Groves

Christine Nesbitt

Brittany Schussler

Clara Hughes

Denny Morrison

Lucas Makowsky

Steven Elm

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

 

For the third time in a row, Sven Kramer was crowned European All-round Champion in Heerenveen after winning his third distance this weekend, the 10k. On the women’s side, Claudia Pechstein stepped on the podium as European All-round Champion. After winning in 1998 and 2006, it was her third title as well.

 

 

In the women’s 1500m, Daniela Anschütz-Thoms managed to win the gold medal in a time of 1:57.21. Claudia Pechstein lost some time to her most important competitor in the overall standings when she finished second (1:57.72). The bronze was for Paulien van Deutekom, she raced to a time of 1:58.12.

 

Sven Kramer won the 10k in a fabulous time of 13:00.16. With six laps to go, Kramer accelerated and crossed the finish line 9.07 seconds before Håvard Bøkko. Bøkko raced to a time of 13:09.23. Third was Carl Verheijen (13:18.11).

 

With three distance victories Sven Kramer won the European All-round Championships title for the third time in a row (148.564). Håvard Bøkko finished second in the overall classifications (150.495) and Wouter Olde Heuvel won the bronze (150.629). Enrico Fabris’s disqualification has no further consequences, since Matteo Anesi finished 16th in the overall classifications. This means Fabris is allowed to start at the World All-round Championships in Hamar next month.

 

Martina Sablikova won the last distance of the weekend; she was the only skater to finish sub 7 minutes ( 6:53.19). Claudia Pechstein raced to the silver medal (7:02.99) and Daniela Anschütz-Thoms took the bronze in a time of 7:04.09. A bad crossover almost prevented Anschütz-Thoms from stepping on the podium, but the judges ruled in her favor and there were no consequences.

 

After one gold medal and three silver medals, Claudia Pechstein was crowned European All-round Champion for the third time (162.014). Daniela Anschütz-Thoms took the silver (162.307) and the bronze medal was for Martina Sablikova (162.815).

 

For complete results see here.

 

Click here for some video highlights of day 3 of the European All-round Championships, including the medal ceremony.

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen.

For more photos of this weekend's competition visit DESGphoto.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

 

On the second day of the men’s competition at the European All-round Championships, there was another gold medal for Sven Kramer. After finishing first in the 5000m yesterday, today he skated to the fastest time in the 1500m.For the women, today was the first day of competition: after a good 500m and 3000m Claudia Pechstein is leading overall.

 

The only thing preventing Sven Kramer from winning his third European All-round title in a row tomorrow, is probably Sven Kramer himself, because after three of the four races he has a comfortable lead of 23.22 seconds in the 10k on Wouter Olde Heuvel. Finishing first in the 1500m in a time of 1:46.53 only enlarged the lead he already had on his competitors after his victory in the 5000m yesterday. Second in the 1500m was Yevgeny Lalenkov (1:46.62), the bronze was for Enrico Fabris (1:46.68). After his disqualification in the 5000m yesterday, it was feared that Fabris would not be able to compete at the World All-round Championships in Hamar next month, but thanks to a solid performance in the 1500m by Matteo Anesi, Fabris’s spot at World All-rounds seems to be safe.

 

 

 

In the women’s competition Claudia Pechstein impressed with two medals: silver in the 500m and gold in the 3000m. Skating her first European All-round Championships in 1992, Pechstein has been around for a while, and today she lay the foundation for another European All-round title with two strong performances. In the 500m, the gold medal was for Alla Shabanova (39.58), but Pechstein came close after skating a 39.74 and finished second. The bronze was for Daniela Anschütz-Thoms (40.00).

 

In the 3000m, the gold medal was for Pechstein, after she skated to a time of 4:04.41. Anschütz-Thoms finished second (4:04.97), third was Paulien van Deutekom (4:05.24).

 

Tomorrow is the last day of competition, with the 10k for men, and the 1500m and 5000m for women.

 

For complete results see here.

 

Click here for some video highlights of day 2 of the European All-round Championships.

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

Friday, 9 January 2009

 

This weekend the European All-round Championships take place in Heerenveen. After a fifth place in the 500m and a gold medal in the 5000m, Sven Kramer seems to be on his way to becoming European Champion for the third time in a row. His two most important competitors gave a disappointing start to this competition when Håvard Bøkko almost fell in his 500m and Enrico Fabris was disqualified in the 5000m after violating the new ISU regulation stating that a skater must stay in his or her lane at all times while skating the corners. Fabris crossed the line in his first corner.

 

In the men’s 500m, Yevgeny Lalenkov raced to the fastest time when he clocked 36.20 in the 14th pair. Konrad Niedzwiedski finished second in a time of 36.25, and Robert Lehmann, who was paired with Lalenkov, won the bronze medal in a time of 36.34. In the 15th pair Håvard Bøkko seemed to be on his way to a good time after he opened in 10.03. In the first inner corner, however, he lost his balance and lost valuable seconds, resulting in a time of 37.36. Sven Kramer finished fifth (36.47).

 

Sven Kramer didn’t set a new track record, but he did manage to win the 5000m in a time of 6:15.76, so again he proved he is still the fastest skater in this distance. Second was Håvard Bøkko, who raced to a time of 6:18.51, and Wouter Olde Heuvel finished third (6:21.84). A disqualification eliminated one of Kramer’s most important competitors, Enrico Fabris, after he crossed the line in his first corner and in doing so violated the new ISU rule stating that a skater must stay in his/her lane at all times. Fabris' disqualification could have dramatic concequences. When there is no Italian among the top 16 skaters at the end of the competition, Fabris will not be allowed to compete at the World All-round Championships in Hamar next month.

 

Tomorrow the men’s competition will continue with the 1500m and the women’s competition will start with the 500m and 3000m.

 

For complete results see here.

 

Click here for some video highlights of day 1 of the European All-round Championships.

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

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