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Roest crushes Kramer's track record to take gold at 5,000 meters

Roest crushes Kramer's track record to take gold at 5,000 meters

Patrick Roest has started the ISU World Cup speed skating season with a track record to win the men's 5000m in Minsk on Friday. Carlijn Achtereekte won a silver medal at 3,000 meters and Kjeld Nuis secured gold in the Team Sprint.

Roest had already shown early season form with a track record at the Dutch trials and he lived up to the expectations at the 5000-meter race in Minsk. The World Allround Champion finished in 6:16.61, beating Kramer's 2016 track record by almost three seconds. Kramer crossed the line in a disappointing 6:28.53 to end up 13th. Kramer did not make the World Cup 5000m top 10 for the first time in his career.

"This is an awesome start to the new World Cup season", Roest said. "I am very happy with my race. However, I still think I am able to go faster than this. The last two weeks we trained hard, so I was still a little bit tired of that."

To be honest I wasn’t aiming for the track record. I just wanted to win this race today. However, it is a nice feeling to win, but when you set a new track record as well, it is even better."

Achtereekte

Reign Olympic Champion Achtereekte won a silver medal in the ladies 3,000-meter race. She stopped the clock at 4:05.15. Only the Canadian speed skater Isabelle Weidemann was faster. With 4:04.67 she was the only one to finish under 4:05. Antoinette de Jong ended up in fifth place: 4:07.67.

Earlier on Friday Nuis, Ronald Mulder and Kai Verbij secured gold in the Team Sprint. The reigning World Champions edged out China by 0.15 seconds, finishing in 1:21.16.

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