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Roest, De Jong, Verbij, Kramer and N'tab qualify for World Single Distance Championships

Roest, De Jong, Verbij, Kramer and N'tab qualify for World Single Distance Championships

Team Jumbo-Visma started the World Championships Qualification Tournament on a high note on Saturday. On the opening day of the tournament, the team of coach Jac Orie managed to clinch five tickets for the World Single Distance Championships. Patrick Roest won the men's 5000-meter race in a track record, while Kai Verbij and Antoinette de Jong secured the win in the 500- and 1500-meter races.

Roest won the men's 5,000-meter race with an impressive time of 6:08.21, beating his own track record (6:08.92) - set at the beginning of January during the European Single Distance Championships - by 0.7 seconds. Teammate Sven Kramer finished second (6:12.57). By doing so, he clinched a ticket for the World Single Distance Championships as well.

Team Jumbo-Visma skater Marcel Bosker, who ended up in fifth place with a time of 6:14.04, clinched a ticket for the two World Cups. Kars Jansman beat his personal best by a couple of seconds, setting a time of 6:17.77 (PB was 6:20.74). With that time he finished sixth on Saturday. Chris Huizinga (6:22.61) took eighth, while Jordy van Workum, skater of the development team, set a new personal best of 6:30.75 (PB was 6:34.04).

"This was an amazing day", Roest said after his win. "Today, the most important thing was to clinch a ticket for the World Single Distance Championships. However, you want to do it by setting a good time. That's definitely what I did today. Last week's track record in the men's 3,000-meter race gave me a lot of confidence. By setting that record, I knew I was in good shape and I would be able to hold this pace. I am really happy with this outcome."

Kramer was satisfied with his performance. "I am happy with my race, but I know, there is still lots of room for improvement. I just knew that this was not a race for gambling. I had to skate fast myself and that's what I did."

De Jong

Earlier on Saturday, De Jong showed her class in the ladies' 1,500-meter race. The national champion allround set a time of 1:54.27, beating Ireen Wüst, who finished second, by more than 0.7 seconds: 1:54.98. It was also her fastest time ever at Thialf, Heerenveen. Because of her victory, De Jong clinched a ticket for the World Single Distance Championship and World Cups.

Joy Beune and Carlijn Achtereekte did not manage to clinch a ticket for the World Single Distance Championships or World Cups. The 21-year-old speed skater ended up in sixth place by setting a time of 1:56.19 and Achtereekte finished twentieth (2:00.77). Robin Groot, who is part of the development team, set a new personal best (1:58.36) and took twelfth place.

"When it is going like this, I really enjoy speed skating", De Jong said after her race. "Today, I skated really well right from the start. I haven't had this feeling in a long time during a 1,500-meter race. It is really nice to beat my opponents by at least 0.7 seconds. This gives a lot of confidence for the upcoming races."

Verbij

In the men's 500-meter event, Verbij and Dai Dai N'tab managed to clinch a ticket for the World Single Distance Championships. On Saturday, Verbij won the event by setting a time of 34.63. By doing so, he equaled his fastest time ever at Thialf, Heerenveen. N'tab, who won the first 500-meter race, ended up in second place with 34.71. Hein Otterspeer, who won the Daikin Dutch Sprint Championships, took fourth place and will participate at the World Cups.

"I was really looking for a confirmation that I can still skate fast. I got that feeling today, so that's good", Verbij said. "I hadn't won a 500-meter race in a long time. Dai Dai, Ronald (Mulder) And Hein have been very strong this year, so it's nice I was able to beat them all today."

Tickets

World Single Distance Championships
500m (men): Verbij, N'tab
1500m (ladies): De Jong
5000m (men): Roest, Kramer

World Cups
500m (men): Verbij, N'tab, Otterspeer
1500m (ladies): De Jong
5000m (men): Roest, Kramer, Bosker

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