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Friday, 27 November 2009

 

Speed Skating Canada and the Dutch Speed Skating Association (KNSB) announced their teams for the World Cups in Calgary and Salt Lake City. The following athletes are selected.

 

 

Canada

World Cup Calgary

The Netherlands

World Cup Calgary and Salt Lake City

500m

Women:

Anastasia Bucsis

Christine Nesbitt

Tamara Oudenaarden

Shannon Rempel

Brittany Schussler

Men:

Jamie Gregg

Vincent Labrie

Mike Ireland

Muncef Ouardi

Kyle Parrot

Women:

Annette Gerritsen

Margot Boer

Thijsje Oenema

Natasja Bruintjes

Laurine v. Riessen

Men:

Jan Smeekens

Ronald Mulder

Stefan Groothuis

Simon Kuipers

Jan Bos

1000m

Women:

Kristina Groves

Cindy Klassen

Christine Nesbitt

Shannon Rempel

Brittany Schussler

Men:

Jamie Gregg

Denny Morrison

Kyle Parrot

François-Oliver Roberge

Jeremy Wotherspoon

Women:

Annette Gerritsen

Natasja Bruintjes

Margot Boer

Ireen Wüst

Laurine v. Riessen

Men:

Stefan Groothuis

Simon Kuipers

Mark Tuitert

Jan Bos

Remco Olde Heuvel

1500m

Women:

Kristina Groves

Cindy Klassen

Christine Nesbitt

Shannon Rempel

Brittany Schussler

Men:

Steven Elm

Mathieu Giroux

Lucas Makowsky

Mykola Makowsky

Denny Morrison

Women:

Ireen Wüst

Margot Boer

Diane Valkenburg

Marrit Leenstra

Elma de Vries

Men:

Stefan Groothuis

Mark Tuitert

Rhian Ket

Simon Kuipers

Kjeld Nuis

3000m

Kristina Groves

Clara Hughes

Cindy Klassen

Christine Nesbitt

Brittany Schussler

Ireen Wüst

Monique Kleinsman

Diane Valkenburg

Renate Groenewold

Jorien Voorhuis

5000m

Men:

Jordan Belchos

Mathieu Giroux

Lucas Makowsky

Denny Morrison

Jay Morrison

Men:

Sven Kramer

Bob de Jong

Jan Blokhuijsen

Carl Verheijen

Wouter Olde Heuvel

Sunday, 22 November 2009

 

After a 4th place in Berlin two weeks ago and a bronze medal in Heerenveen last weekend, Kristina Groves continued to improve her results in the 1500m today, when she finished first in the distance on the second day of the World Cup in Hamar. She crossed the finish line after 1:55.16, beating silver-medalist Ireen Wüst (1:55.95) and bronze-medalist Martina Sablikova (1:56.34).

 

In the 10k, Sven Kramer once again proved to be the man to beat in the longer distances when he raced to a new track record time of 12:50.96. Second was Bob de Jong in 12:54.97, and Ivan Skobrev finished third in 13:01.41. Noteworthy was Arjen van der Kieft’s 13.04.38 in the B group earlier this morning. This would have been fast enough for a 5th place finish in the A group.

 

For complete results see here.

 

For video material see here.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

On the first day of the World Cup in Hamar there was another 1500m gold medal for Shani Davis. After Berlin en Hamar, Davis once again raced to the fastest time: 1:44.27. This was a new track record and the fastest ever skated on an oval at sea level. Somewhat of a surprise was Lucas Makowsky’s second place finish, which was his first individual World Cup medal. Moreover, his 1:45.40 was a new personal best.  Håvard Bøkko finished third in 1:45.61.

 

"What a race! Not only did I skate a personal best here in Hamar, but I stepped onto the podium for the first time in my skating career. I've looked up to the top guys like Shani and Håvard for years now, so to share the podium with them today was something else!", Makowsky said on his website.

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen

 

In the women’s 5000m Martina Sablikova raced to a new track record time of 6:50.07, which earned her the gold medal. Second was Stephanie Beckert in 6:52.79, and the bronze was for Daniela Anschütz Thoms (6:59.62).

For complete results see here.

For video material see here.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

 

On the third and final day of the World Cup in Heerenveen the Netherlands and the United States both finished first in the men’s Team Pursuit, which made for a very crowded highest step of the podium. J On the women’s side Team Canada raced to a new track record time, beating the Dutch and Russian teams, and earlier today Christine Nesbitt and Shani Davis finished first in the 1000m, so all in all it was a very good day for the North-Americans.

 

For complete results see here.

 

Click here for video material of the World Cup in Heerenveen.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

 

On the second day of the World Cup in Heerenveen, the podium of the women’s 500m was an exact copy of yesterday’s 500m, with a gold medal for Jenny Wolf, a silver medal for Beixing Wang, and a bronze medal for Annette Gerritsen. On the men’s side Joji Kato was the only speed skater today to finish the 500m under 35 seconds, after which Ireen Wüst raced to the first time in the women’s 1500m. Biggest surprise of the day, however, was the close finish in the men’s 5000m: only 0.09 seconds separated the gold from the silver medal, with Sven Kramer finishing first, while Bob de Jong had to settle for silver.

 

For complete results see here.

Friday, 13 November 2009

 

The first day of the World Cup in Heerenveen turned out to be an eventful one. For Marianne Timmer this Friday 13th was a very unfortunate day, when her pair in the 500m, Jing Yu, fell and took Timmer down with her. Both were carried off the ice on a stretcher.

 

For Shani Davis, on the other hand, this Friday 13th was a great day, when he raced to another track record in the 1500m: 1:44.48.

 

For complete results, click here. Make sure to stay tuned for more World Cup news later this weekend!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

 

On the third and final day of the World Cup in Berlin there were gold medals for Jenny Wolf and Tucker Fredricks in the 500m, and Christine Nesbitt and Shani Davis reigned in the 1500m.

 

In the women’s 500m Jenny Wolf finished first in a new track record time of 37.52. Yesterday’s gold-medalist Beixing Wang claimed the silver medal after racing to 37.94, and the bronze medal was for Annette Gerritsen (38.27).

 

On the men’s side Tucker Fredricks raced to the fastest time of the day in the 500m: 35.06, where Friday’s gold-medalist Kang-Seok Lee needed 35.10 (0) to finish second. Kyou-Hyuk Lee, good for a silver medal on Friday, claimed today’s bronze (35.10 (5)).

 

In the women’s 1500m there was another gold medal for Christine Nesbitt after her gold medal in yesterday’s 1000m. She crossed the finish line after 1:55.54. Second was Friday’s gold-medalist in the 3000m Martina Sablikova, who finished her 1500m in 1:56.99, and the bronze medal was for another Canadian: Brittany Schussler clocked 1:57.26.

 

Shani Davis raced to an amazing new track record time of 1:44.47 in the 1500m, which was also the fastest ever skated in this distance at sea level. Second was Håvard Bøkko, he finished in 1:45.56, and the bronze medal was for Denny Morrison (1:45.69).

 

For complete results see here.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

On the second day of the World Cup in Berlin Beixing Wang, Sven Kramer and Christine Nesbitt finished first in respectively the 500m, 5000m and 1000m.

 

In the first distance of the day, the women’s 500m, Beixing Wang gave a good start to her season when she raced to a time of 37.85; she was the only one to skate under 38. Second was Jenny Wolf, who needed 38.04 for the distance, and the bronze medal was for Nao Kodaira (38.19).

 

Next up was the men’s 5000m, in which Sven Kramer raced to the fastest time: 6:14.69. Second was Håvard Bøkko, who clocked 6:17.17, and Bob de Jong claimed the bronze medal (6:19.22).

 

In the women’s 1000m Christine Nesbitt raced to a time of 1:15.41, which earned her the gold medal. Nao Kodaira finished second (1:15.92), and bronze-medalist was Marianne Timmer (1:16.13).

 

For complete results see here.

Friday, 6 November 2009

 

On the first day of the first World Cup of this Olympic season, in Berlin, there were gold medals for Kang-Seok Lee, Martina Sablikova and Shani Davis in respectively the 500m, 3000m and 1000m.

 

In the first distance of the day, the men’s 500m, Kang-Seok Lee was the only skater that managed to finish the distance under 35 seconds: 34.80. Silver-medalist was Kyou-Hyuk Lee (35.02), and the bronze was for Keiichiro Nagashima (35.13).

 

In the women’s 3000m Martina Sablikova raced to a new track record time of 4:00.75. Second was Masako Hozumi (4:06.25), and Stephanie Beckert finished third in 4:07.17.

 

In the men’s 1000m Shani davis also skated to a new track record time: 1:08.53. Yevgeny Lalenkov finished second in 1:09.11, and the bronze medal was for Joon Mun (1:09.43).

 

For complete results see here.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

 

Four distances were skated on the final day of the Dutch Single Distances Championships in Heerenveen, resulting in gold medals for Annette Gerritsen, Rhian Ket, Renate Groenewold and Sven Kramer in respectively the 1500m for women and men, the 5000m and the 10k.

 

Annette Gerritsen raced to her third gold medal of the weekend when she finished first in today’s 1500m. After her victories in the 500m and the 1000m, 1:58.69 proved to be fast enough to finish first once again. Second was Ireen Wüst (1:58.92), and the bronze medal was for Diane Valkenburg (1:59.29).

 

In the men’s 1500m Rhian Ket claimed the gold medal after skating to a new personal best time of 1:45.89. The silver medal was for Mark Tuitert (1:46.19), and yesterday’s gold-medalist in the 1000m Stefan Groothuis finished third in 1:46.39. Last year’s Dutch champion in the 1500m Sven Kramer finished 10th in 1:47.36.

 

Next was the women’s 5000m, in which Renate Groenewold skated to the fastest time of the day: 7:14.90. The silver medal was for Moniek Kleinsman (7:17.23), and Gretha Smit finished third (7:19.18).

 

In the final distance of the competition, the men’s 10k, Sven Kramer revenged his 10th place in the 1500m by skating to a time of 13:04.95, thereby finishing first. The silver medal was for the current Olympic champion in this distance, Bob de Jong (13:06.60), and Carl Verheijen clocked 13:11.81, good for the bronze medal.

 

For complete results click here.

 

For video material click here.

 

 

Photo credits: DESGphoto/Lars Hagen.