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Otterspeer takes gold at Dutch Sprint Championships, clean sweep for Team Jumbo-Visma

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 sprint title of his career on Sunday. Teammates Kai Verbij and Dai Dai N'tab completed the clean sweep for Team Jumbo-Visma by taking the silver and bronze medal at Thialf, Heerenveen.

Otterspeer started the final day of the Dutch Sprint Championships with a huge lead after an impressive win in the men's 1,000-meter race (1:07.99) on Saturday. The 32-year-old sprinter of Team Jumbo-Visma ended up in third place in the men's 500- and 1,000-meter race on Sunday (34.91 and 1:08.91). By doing so, he won his third national title sprint with 138,115 points.

Verbij, who finished fourth (500m) and second (1,000m) on Sunday, seized silver with 138,780 points. N'tab took bronze after a second place in the men's 500-meter race (34.85) and a sixth place in 1,000 meters (1:09.28): 138,920. On Saturday, he had won the 500-meter race with a time of 34.79.

Thomas Krol, who had started the second day of the tournament in second place, succeeded in winning the men's 1,000-meter race with a time of 1:08.34. However, Krol's tournament was already over after falling in the men's 500-meter race earlier on Sunday. He still managed to finish fourth in the general classification: 139,815.

Otterspeer

"This feels amazing", a really happy Otterspeer said after winning his third sprint title. "Since the beginning of this season, I have already shown what I am capable of. Every training session has gone really well so far. Before this tournament, there were five or six title contenders. I was one of them, so it is great that I was able to meet the expectations."

"Yesterday's 1,000-meter race was the key to winning this gold medal. Because of my time of 1:07.99, I started the second day with a huge lead, allowing me to skate without having to take any risks. I think, this was one of my best sprint championships ever. I qualified for the ISU European Sprint Championships for the first time in my career and I am really looking forward to it."

Verbij and N’tab

Verbij was slightly disappointed after taking silver. "Of course, I would rather have won the gold medal, but I have to be honest: Hein skated a very strong tournament and I simply wasn't the best version of myself. That's why I have to be happy with this second place. It is nice that I was still able to seize silver after starting the second day in fourth place."

"It was not my best weekend", N'tab said after his national championship. "I didn't skate spectaculair races. My 500-meter races were solid, but not very good. In the 1,000-meter races I really need to do better. However, there are still some positive things to mention, for example: I started both 500-meter races in 9.6 seconds."

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