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The Dutch men gave another master class in the Team Sprint on Friday. With Thomas Krol skating instead of Kjeld Nuis, the Dutch secured their third consecutive gold medal at the ISU World Cup in Nur-Sultan.
The Netherlands (Krol, Kai Verbij and Ronald Mulder) skated in the last race of the event. After the first two laps the Dutch men were a little bit slower than Norway, but in the final lap the Dutch managed to beat their time by 0.35 seconds, because of a strong performance by Krol: 1:19.95 vs. 1:20.30. Switzerland took bronze in 1:22.16.
It was the third consecutive gold medal for the Dutch this World Cup season. The team of coach Jan Coopmans also won in Minsk (Belarus) and Tomaszów Mazowiecki (Poland).
"It was a good race", Krol said. "I had some energy left for a strong final lap and fortunately it was enough to beat Norway. My last lap was much better than in Poland two weeks ago. It's a good feeling to win our third consecutive gold medal in the Team Sprint and it's also a great start of the weekend."
Earlier on Friday, Antoinette de Jong finished seventh in the ladies' 5,000-meter race. The 24-year-old speed skater of Team Jumbo-Visma set a time of 7:03.30. Ivanie Blondin seized gold in a track record: 6:54.94, while world champion Martina Sáblíková took silver (6:54.99) and Isabelle Weidemann ended up in third place: 6:55.80.