Otterspeer takes gold at Dutch Sprint Championships, clean sweep for Team Jumbo-Visma
At the Daikin Dutch Sprint Championships, Hein Otterspeer won his third national...
Team Jumbo-Visma has started the Daikin Dutch Single Distance Championships on a high note. The team of coach Jac Orie notched two clean sweeps on the first day of the tournament at Thialf, Heerenveen. Dai Dai N'tab and Patrick Roest both seized gold.
N'tab managed to win the national title in the men's 500-meter race for the fourth time in his career. The 26-year-old sprinter was the fastest on the shortest sprint distance twice on Friday: 34.803 and 34.844 (69,647). Teammates Hein Otterspeer (69,888) and Kai Verbij (70,381) took silver and bronze.
"I am very happy with this result", N'tab said afterwards. "Of course, it is a strange tournament without fans and fewer participants, but the only thing that counts, is the national title. I am happy that I have won today. In my opinion my races did not go that well, but for now, these times are fine. In the upcoming weeks, I hope to reach an even higher level."
Teammate Otterspeer was also pleased with his performance on the first day. "I had two solid races, in which I had good openings as well. Twice in my career I finished with a time of 34.7 at Thialf, so with 34.8 I am getting really close. Therefore, I am really satisfied with the level I am at right now."
Later on Friday, Roest secured the Dutch title in the men's 5,000-meter race for the third time in a row. In a race with teammate Sven Kramer, he rushed to a time of 6:10.16. Kramer took silver in 6:15.26, finishing just ahead of another teammate Marcel Bosker, who won his first ever medal at the Dutch Single Distance Championships.
"This feels great", Roest looked back on his performance. "It's nice to start this crazy season like this. I started my race a little bit too fast, but fortunately, I was able to keep it flat for a long time, so I think I have learned from my mistakes in the past. I gave everything, so hopefully the fans at home enjoyed it."
"The feeling of satisfaction prevails," Kramer said after winning a silver medal. "Last week, I notched 6:25. That wasn't very good. To put it mildly. I chose to ride a conservative race and go for the maximum result: a second place. That is not my nature, because I always want to win, but if you can improve yourself by ten seconds in less than a week, you can't be dissatisfied."
Antoinette de Jong managed to win the seventh medal on behalf of Team Jumbo-Visma. The 25-year-old speed skater took silver in the ladies' 1500-meter race with a time of 1:55.98. Jorien ter Mors seized gold in 1:55.50, while Joy Beune finished eighth in 1:58.43.
"I am satisfied with my last lap, but the first two could be much better", De Jong said afterwards. "I could have gotten a lot more speed out of the opening, so that's a shame. Last week, I was 1.5 seconds slower and I haven't set a time of 1:55 that often at Thialf, so satisfaction dominates at the moment."