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Roest earns gold medal at 5,000 meters in Poland, Achtereekte takes another silver medal

Roest earns gold medal at 5,000 meters in Poland, Achtereekte takes another silver medal

Team Jumbo-Visma speed skater Patrick Roest won his second consecutive 5,000-meter gold in the World Cup and his fourth in total on Friday. After finishing second in Minsk, Carlijn Achtereekte took another silver medal in the ladies' 3000-meter race in Poland. Kjeld Nuis and Thomas Krol seized gold in the men's Team Sprint.

Roest skated a solid race and crossed the line in 6:19.38. Danila Semerikov's (Russia) time (6:20.46) turned out to be good enough for silver, with his compatriot Denis Yuskov taking his second 5,000-meter bronze of the season in 6:24.30. Douwe de Vries ended up in ninth place (6:29.87).

"It's always nice to win", Roest said. "It was a solid race, but not as good as in Minsk last week. Maybe I am a little bit less sharp and fit, because of all the races at the beginning of the season."

Roest stays on top of the long-distance World Cup ranking. "I will skate in Nur-Sultan (3rd ISU World Cup), but I'll skip Nagano (4th ISU World Cup), so I don't know what the classification looks like after that, but I definitely want to skate the World Cup final in Heerenveen in March."

Achtereekte wins another silver medal

Olympic 3000m champion Achtereekte started after Martina Sáblíková had set her time (4:06.13) and she knew what she had to do to grab her career first World Cup win. Battling with teammate Antoinette de Jong, Achtereekte went into the final lap with an 0.15-second advantage over Sáblíková, but she did not manage to pull it off, finishing with a time of 4:06.28. The bronze medal went to Natalia Voronina (4:06.61) and De Jong ended up in seventh place (4:09.17).

"Another silver medal. That’s very solid", Achtereekte said. "It’s very nice to finish second, but there are still some things I need to improve. It's too bad I miss out on gold by such a small margin, but for now I am happy with this result."

Thanks to her second place, Achtereekte climbed to the top of the long-distance World Cup ranking. "I don't go to Kazakhstan and Nagano. I thought about it today. It's dangerous, when you're skating too well, you may consider switching, but I stick to the original plan. I am going to Collalbo for a training camp. It's going well and I want to keep it that way."

Second gold medal in men’s Team Sprint

The Dutch men gave a master class in the Team Sprint. With Thomas Krol skating instead of Kai Verbij, the Netherlands crossed the line in 1:20.06. China, who took silver with only a 0.15 deficit in Minsk last week, did not even come close with 1:20.84. Canada took bronze in 1:20.96.

"It went really well for a first time", Krol said. "I am used to skate with Kjeld (Nuis), because we train a lot together, but the Team Sprint is something new to me. The last time I participated was five years ago, so I was quite nervous. Fortunately, everything went really well. We had some little mistakes, but I think we should be very pleased with this outcome."

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