Stay Home Stories: George Bennett
In the column ‘Stay Home Stories’, the cyclists of Team Jumbo-Visma talk about t...
Patrick Roest managed to win his third consecutive world allround title on Sunday. The 24-year-old speed skater of Team Jumbo-Visma won three of the four distances at the Vikingskipet in Hamar, Norway. Antoinette de Jong seized bronze at the ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships.
Roest, who had already won the men's 5000-meter race on Saturday, started the final day of the tournament really strong by winning the 1500-meter race. With 1:44.41 the leader in the ranking left Sverre Lunde Pedersen 0.61 behind to build a 0.558-point gap over his rival, which equaled 11.16 seconds in the men's 10,000-meter race.
Despite having a huge advantage over his rivals, Roest was still eager to win the final distance of the tournament and he managed to do it. The Lekkerkerker set a time of 13:02.45, beating Pedersen by almost 17 seconds (16.77). The Norwegian speed skater still took silver, while Seitaro Ichinohe (Japan) seized bronze.
According to Roest, who had already won the world allround title in 2018 (Amsterdam) and 2019 (Calgary), this title was the most beautiful of the three. "Partly because of the great atmosphere and the crowd here in Hamar, but also because of my poor performances at the World Single Distances Championships in Salt Lake City."
"This victory feels like a relief. Yesterday was a relief because I felt that I can still make it work and today because I was able to finish it off. I was really nervous at the beginning of the tournament, since I did not know what to expect after Salt Lake City, so it feels great to win another world title."
Earlier on Sunday, De Jong managed to win her third bronze medal of her career at the World Allround Speed Skating Championships. After the first three distances she was in fifth place, but the 24-year-old speed skater of Team Jumbo-Visma was able to pass Evgeniia Lalenkova and Melissa Wijfje in the ladies' 5000-meter race.
De Jong set a time of 7:02.79, ending up in third place at 5,000 meters. Lalenkova and Wijfje finished 2.5 seconds behind De Jong with a time of 7:05.20. With 7:05.20 Wijfje came fifth in the distance and in the ranking, with not just De Jong, but also Martina Sáblíková above her. Ireen Wüst won the world allround title.
"When I saw the last few laps of Melissa's race, my coach Jac (Orie) said: 'It's not going to happen. You're not going to win a medal.' But then in that final lap, it just went so fast and I had it. Unbelievable. This was a strange weekend. I had to mentally work myself up from rock-bottom and it had never cost me so much energy before. After this outcome I am a little bit proud of myself."