Krol extends contract with Team Jumbo-Visma until 2022
Thomas Krol has penned down a new contract with Team Jumbo-Visma that will keep ...
Thomas Krol won the 1500-meter race on Saturday. The reign world champion set a time of 1:45.76 (track record) in Tomaszów Mazowiecki. Team Jumbo-Visma speed skater Antoinette de Jong seized silver in the ladies' Team Pursuit.
Krol beat his teammate and Olympic champion Kjeld Nuis by 0.20 second. Nuis finished second (1:45.96) and the Russian skater Denis Yuskov ended up in third place: 1:46.28. Last week Nuis had won the 1,500-meter race in Minsk, with Krol finishing third and Yuskov second. For Krol it was his second World Cup win at 1,500 meters of his career. On December 15th of 2018 he won a 1,500-meter race at Thialf, Heerenveen.
"I have skated four races this season in the ISU World Cup. Three times I won a gold medal and once I took bronze. It's going really well", Krol said after his race. "I have learned how to win. I know I can beat everyone as long as I skate well. This season I have already done it a couple of times, so that's great."
"Kjeld started his race a little bit too slow. I saw the start of his race and I knew I could beat him. During my race I didn't know if I was skating faster than him, but I knew I could take a good advantage at the beginning. That's what I did and fortunately I was able to win today."
Nuis was disappointed after his second place. "I don't feel well about my own race. It was ok, but it sucks I didn't win today", Nuis said. "I went into the race slower than I did last week, but this was way too slow. If I start faster, I know I can get Thomas. He certainly hasn't stolen this one. Thomas deserved to win today."
Team Jumbo-Visma skater Patrick Roest finished sixth at the 1,500-meter race with a time of 1:47.33. Douwe de Vries, who competed in the B division earlier on Saturday, ended up in second place: 1:48.46, behind Seitaro Ichinohe (Japan): 1:47.86.
De Jong won a silver medal in the ladies' Team Pursuit. With Melissa Wijfje and Ireen Wüst she finished just behind Russia: 3:02.88 vs. 3:02.76. Canada won the bronze medal with a time of 3:03.72.
"It's too bad we lose out on gold by such a small margin", De Jong said. "There are still some things we need to improve, but for now we have to be satisfied with this silver medal. Next time we will try to win gold."