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...
On the second day of the Dutch Single Distance Championships, Team Jumbo-Visma managed to win three medals. The team of coach Jac Orie seized gold, silver and bronze at Thialf, Heerenveen. Thomas Krol won the men's 1500-meter race for the second consecutive year to extend his national title.
In a race against teammate Patrick Roest, which took place for the first time ever, Krol rushed to a time of 1:44.30, finishing ahead of the three-time world champion allround by 0.7 seconds: 1:45.00. Tijmen Snel, sprinter of the Team Jumbo-Visma development team, ended up in fourth place (1:46.93), while Sven Kramer (1:47.45), Marcel Bosker (1:47.46) and Chris Huizinga (1:47.66) finished sixth, seventh and eighth.
"I am very happy with this result", a satisfied Krol said afterward his race. "There were no World Cup seeds at stake this time, but only the national title. It's weird, but I like it. Now I can enjoy this national title even more. Despite the fact that I still need to improve on some things, it was a good race."
"Patrick and I had been joking around for two years about the fact that we never had to race against each other. Now the time had finally come, due to a late withdrawal. Patrick is a very good skater, who can be very good at 1500-meter races, so I had to start fast. We sometimes say: if you hear him chasing you, then you are too late. Fortunately, it did not happen today and I was able to beat him. This gives confidence for tomorrow's race."
After his race, Roest was "not completely satisfied" with his performance. "Of course, it is nice to seize silver at a national championship. However, you always want to win. It was not a flawless race, since I had a couple of mistakes. I really need to do better next time. I have more speed than I showed today. I was way behind the entire race and it should not be like that."
Just like last season, Roest has a gold (5,000m) and silver (1,500m) medal after the first two races of the tournament. On Sunday, Roest will compete in the men's 10,000-meter race, on which he finished second behind Jorrit Bergsma last season. "I don't want it to be just like last season, so it would be nice if I can compete for the title tomorrow. I will do everything I can to bring home the gold medal."
Antoinette de Jong finished off the second day of the tournament by winning a bronze medal in the ladies' 3,000-meter race. With a time of 4:04.53, the 25-year-old speed skater ended up behind Reina Anema (4:04.28) and winner Irene Schouten (4:01.93). Team Jumbo-Visma skaters Carlijn Achtereekte (4:06.71) and Joy Beune (4:08.01) had to settle for fourth and sixth place.
"It didn't quite work out today", De Jong said. "I had hoped for a better result. I started my race a bit too fast and made way too many mistakes. I felt good beforehand, so the disappointment prevails. I showed character by still managing to win a bronze medal, but it could and should have gone much better."