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Team Jumbo-Visma has concluded the first ISU World Cup of the season with thirteen medals. Eleven times a speed skater of the team of coach Jac Orie managed to win an individual medal this weekend, after already winning two medals in the Team Pursuit on the opening day. On Sunday, Patrick Roest put the icing on the cake on the final day of the tournament with a sensational track record in the men's 5,000-meter race.
The 25-year-old speed skater smashed his own track record by more than three seconds, setting a time of 6:05.14. On December 26th of 2020, he had set a time of 6:08.21 at the qualification tournament at Thialf, Heerenveen. He also set a world record lowland, beating the time of his teammate Sven Kramer 6:06.82, which he set in Gangneung (South Korea) in 2017.
On Sunday, Kramer won a silver medal after finishing way behind Roest with a time of 6:11.80. Sergey Trofimov ended up in third place (6:11.94). Earlier on Sunday, Team Jumbo-Visma speed skater Marcel Bosker, who had to compete in the B division, had set a new personal best at Thialf, Heerenveen. He crossed the line in 6:09.71 (was 6:13.45).
"I did not know a time like this was even possible at Thialf", Roest said. "After seeing the times in the B division, I knew that the ice was fast and I left on a track record time schedule. I really wanted to skate fast today. Fortunately, I was able to make it happen. However, I am also a little bit surprised I was able to go this fast."
"It went well right from the start. It was not an easy race, I really gave all I had. I knew that if I was able to keep up the pace, it would lead to something beautiful. That is what I did. Of course, I know I did not have to go this fast today, but I really wanted to skate that track record. I am confident, I will still be able to get better in the upcoming weeks towards the World Single Distance Championships."
Kramer could live with his silver medal. "I am satisfied with my second place, but I wish I would have skated a little bit faster. However, for now it is fine. The last time I skated in a competition was late December, so I really needed this race. Patrick skated an amazing race and he was on a whole other level today. I wish I could have skated sub 6:10 as well, though."
Thomas Krol concluded the first World Cup weekend by adding a gold medal in the men's 1,000-meter race to his 1,500-meter victory on Saturday, beating his friend Kai Verbij in a tight race: 1:07.48 versus 1:07.57. Pavel Kulizhnikov seized bronze in 1:07.63. Team Jumbo-Visma speed skaters Hein Otterspeer (1:08.23) and Dai Dai N'tab (1:08.47) ended up in fifth and seventh place.
"It’s great to have such an intense battle with my teammate", Krol said. "I could catch him in the final corner because I had a good final lap. We pushed each other to a higher level, but my race was far from perfect today. The best thing to take away from today is that I do not need a perfect race to win."
Earlier in the day, Team Jumbo-Visma skaters Dai Dai N'tab, Antoinette de Jong and Joy Beune had already won a medal. N'tab took a silver medal in the men's second 500-meter race with a time of 34.65, after winning the first 500-meter race on Saturday: 34.55.
De Jong and Beune, who competed in the ladies' 3,000-meter race on Sunday, ended up on the podium. The 25-year-old speed skater of Team Jumbo-Visma, who seized bronze in the 1500m on Saturday, set a time 3:58.52, finishing behind winner Irene Schouten, who was also able to beat De Jong's track record: 3:57.15 (was 3:57.32).
Beune secured a World Cup medal for the second time in her career. After winning a bronze medal in the ladies' 1,500-meter race in Hamar (Norway) in 2019, she now took bronze in the 3,000m at Thialf, setting a time of 3:58.90. That time was a personal best for the 21-year-old speed skater as well. Her former record was set in Salt Lake City (United States): 3:59.47.
11 individual medals:
Thomas Krol: 1,000m and 1,500m
Patrick Roest: 5,000m
Dai Dai N'tab: First 500m
Antoinette de Jong: 3,000m
N'tab: Second 500m
Kai Verbij: 1,000m
Sven Kramer: 5,000m
De Jong: 1,500m
Joy Beune: 3,000m
Kramer and Chris Huizinga (along with Beau Snellink)
Carlijn Achtereekte (along with Ireen Wüst en Melissa Wijfje)