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Kramer withdraws from World Cup in Poland due to back problems

Kramer withdraws from World Cup in Poland due to back problems

Sven Kramer is not going to the second ISU World Cup of the season. A back injury has forced the 33-year-old speed skater to withdraw from the tournament in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland.

"After talking to the medical team of Jumbo-Visma we have decided it’s better not to go to Poland for the World Cup this upcoming weekend", Kramer said. "It's very disappointing, but I have to accept it. From now on, I will be focusing on my back recovery and I hope to be back in shape as soon as possible."

Earlier this week, Kramer had already decided not to skate in the men's 1500-meter race. In Poland the multiple Olympic champion would participate in the men’s 5000-meter race on Friday. He would also have skated the Team Pursuit with Team Jumbo-Visma teammates Patrick Roest and Douwe de Vries on Sunday.

Last week Kramer also missed the men’s 1500-meter race in Minsk. On Friday the Dutchman finished thirteenth at 5,000 meters, that was won by teammate Roest in a new track record.

Kramer had already planned a training camp in Collalbo (Italy), so he will also miss the third (Nur-Sultan/Kazakhstan) and fourth (Nagano/Japan) World Cup of the season. Kramer’s next race will be the National Single Distance Championships, which will be held at Thialf Heerenveen and kicks off on December 27th.

Foto: Stephan Tellier

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