Roest and De Jong win gold at Dutch Allround Championships, Bosker seizes silver

Roest and De Jong win gold at Dutch Allround Championships, Bosker seizes silver

Patrick Roest has won his first ever gold medal at the Daikin Dutch Allround Championships. The three-time world champion allround put on an impressive display by winning three of the four distances at Thialf, Heerenveen. Antoinette de Jong managed to defend her national title, while Marcel Bosker seized silver for the third time in a row.

At the Daikin Dutch Allround Championships, the 24-year-old Lekkerkerker had to settle for second in the last race of the tournament, the men's 10,000-meter race. However, the overall victory was never in danger for Roest, because he had already won three of the four distances earlier this weekend: 36.47 (500m), 6:15.31 (5000m) and 1:45.68 (1500m).

Talsma, who took bronze, just beat Roest in the men's 10,000-meter race on Sunday by setting a time of 13:01.43. Roest crossed the line in 13:01.54. Team Jumbo-Visma speed skater Bosker won a silver medal for the third year in a row after finishing third at 10,000 meters: 13:06.88. Chris Huizinga and Kars Jansman ended up in fourth and tenth place in the general classification.

"It's always nice to win a title, that you have never won before", Roest admitted after the tournament. "I am really happy I made it happen. However, when I am at a start of a race, I always want to win. It's too bad I was not able to win the final race, but I am still really happy with my first ever national title allround."

"Winning the gold medal was the most important thing, but I am not really satisfied with the way I skated this weekend. I know I need to improve on a couple of things. I am definitely going to work on these things with coach Jac (Orie) in the upcoming weeks. I am confident my next races will already be a lot better."

De Jong defends national title

Earlier on Sunday, De Jong managed to conquer the Dutch title allround for the third time in her career. Partly due to a withdrawal of classification leader Jorien ter Mors after the ladies' 1,500-meter race, title prolongation was never in danger for the 25-year-old Frisian in the last race of the tournament, the ladies' 5,000-meter race.

In a race against her rival Melissa Wijfje, De Jong set a time of 7:06.57, beating Wijfje by more than three seconds: 7:09.85. Reina Anema, who seized bronze, won the final distance by setting a time of 7:03.35. Esmee Visser ended up in second place (7:04.95). Wijfje, who finished fourth in the 5,000-meter race, took silver.

"I am really happy with this gold medal", De Jong said afterwards. "I was really nervous during the tournament, but I am glad I was able to keep my cool. I was not really pleased with my first two races, so I am happy I was able to finish the tournament on a high note by winning the 1,500-meter race and finishing third at 5,000 meters. I am really proud of what I have accomplished."

Because of their gold medals, Roest and De Jong both qualified for the ISU European Championships. That tournament will take place at Thialf, Heerenveen on January 16th and 17th.

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