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Roest holds comfortable lead after first day Dutch Allround Championships

Roest holds comfortable lead after first day Dutch Allround Championships

Patrick Roest took a big step towards winning his first ever Dutch allround title on Saturday. At the Dutch Allround Championships, the three-time world champion won the men's 500- and 5,000-meter races. Marcel Bosker and Antoinette de Jong occupy second place in the intermediate classification after the opening day.

Roest, who participates in the national allround tournament for the first time since 2017, won the second distance of the day, the men's 5,000-meter race, with a time of 6:15.31, finishing ahead of Marwin Talsma (6:16.04) and teammate Bosker (6:17.41). Chris Huizinga ended up in sixth place (6:23.02), while Kars Jansman finished eleventh: 6:28.71.

Earlier on Saturday, Roest had won the men's 500-meter race. By setting a time of 36.47, he just beat Tjerk de Boer (36.56), who finished second. Team Jumbo-Visma speed skaters Bosker (37.02), Huizinga (37.49) and Jansman (37.67) had to settle for fifth, ninth and twelfth place.

Because of his successful first day of the tournament, Roest has an advantage of 2.28 seconds on Bosker in the men's 1,500-meter race on Sunday. Jordy van Workum, part of the Team Jumbo-Visma development team, made his official debut on Saturday. He showed his class by setting two personal bests: 37.28 (was 37.53) and 6:35.85 (was 6:38.05).

Despite two victories, Roest was not really satisfied with his own performances on Saturday. "I do win, but that's about it. The start was good, but both of my races did not go well", the 24-year-old Lekkerkerker said after his 5,000-meter race. "It was not a good day, but I am still on top of the rankings. Fortunately, it was good enough today."

"I could have done better in the men's 5,000-meter race", Bosker admitted after his race. "The opening and my first lap were good, but then I started waiting a little bit too much on my opponent. I shouldn't have done that. A lot of things need to happen for me to still take home the gold medal tomorrow. However, it's speed skating, so everything is possible. I am slowly growing to Patrick's level, but I have to admit: he is still a little bit better at the moment."

De Jong will start the second day of the Daikin Dutch Allround Championships from second place after becoming second in both the ladies' 500- and 3,000-meter race on Saturday. In the 500-meter race, the reigning Dutch champion set a time of 39.19, finishing behind winner Jorien Ter Mors: 38.32.

In the ladies' 3000-meter race De Jong had to settle for second place after winner Melissa Wijfje: 4:03.10 versus 4:04.19. On Sunday, De Jong needs to gain 0.88 seconds on Ter Mors at the third distance of the tournament: 1500m. Joy Beune (40.08 and 4:08.45) and Robin Groot (development team) (40.47 and 4:16.51) rank sixth and fourteenth after the first day.

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