Roest blikt terug op sensationele 5000 meter: 'Het is te mooi om vol te gaan'
Patrick Roest won bij de eerste World Cup-wedstrijd van het seizoen in Heerenvee...
Team Jumbo-Visma had a very successful qualification tournament for the World Single Distance Championships. The team of coach Jac Orie clinched thirteen spots for the biggest tournament of the year. They also secured sixteen tickets for the two World Cups. Six distances were won by speed skaters of Team Jumbo-Visma and Patrick Roest (5,000 and 10,000m) and Antoinette de Jong (3,000m) set a new track record at Thialf, Heerenveen.
Roest concluded the tournament on a high note by winning the men's 10,000-meter race in a national record (12:35.20) on Monday. By doing so, he also smashed his own track record, set at the end of 2019 (12:42.97). Until Monday, teammate Sven Kramer held the national record, which he set a year before the Winter Olympics of Gangneung (12:38.89).
"It really was a great battle today", Roest said after his race against his main competitor Jorrit Bergsma. "I think we pushed each other to a different level. I had to chase Jorrit to make this happen, so I would not have been able to get this record without him. It was all or nothing in the final three laps of the race. I am happy I was able to get it done."
For Roest, it was his third win of the tournament. On Saturday, he had already won the men's 5,000-meter race in a track record (6:08.21) and on Sunday he managed to take the victory in the men's 1,500-meter race. Because of his performances, Roest clinched three spots for the World Single Distance Championships and two for the World Cups.
"It was a wonderful weekend. I am happy that I was able to clinch all the World Championships and World Cup tickets, but also regained the good feeling I was looking for. I was not completely satisfied with my races at the Dutch Allround Championships. I hope that I can finish the season with this form and show the fans what I have got", Roest said.
Thomas Krol showed his class in the men's 1,000-meter race on Monday. The 28-year-old speed skater of Team Jumbo-Visma, who was beaten by his teammate Roest in the men's 1,500-meter race on Sunday, won the event with an impressive time of 1:07.36. It was his fastest 1,000-meter race ever at Thialf, Heerenveen. Before Monday, his personal best at Thialf was 1:07.82.
Only teammate Kai Verbij was able to skate a sub-1:08 race as well, finishing second in 1:07.81. By doing so, he also clinched a spot for the World Single Distance Championships and European Sprint Championships. Hein Otterspeer (1:08.34) and Dai Dai N'tab (1:08.39) finished fourth and fifth. They secured a spot for the World Cups.
"I did not expect a time like this", a surprised Krol said afterwards. "The circumstances were really good today. I am happy I was able to fight back from my disappointing performance in the men's 1,500-meter race and set this time today. Clinching two spots for the World Single Distance Championships was the main goal this tournament, but it's a great bonus to qualify for the European Sprint Championships as well."
Carlijn Achtereekte, who did not qualify for the World Single Distance Championships in the ladies' 3,000-meter race on Sunday, secured a spot for the most important tournament of the year in the ladies' 5,000-meter race on Monday. The 30-year-old speed skater of Team Jumbo-Visma finished second behind winner Irene Schouten: 6:55.90 vs. 6:51.45.
After her race Achtereekte breathed a sigh of relief. "I am so happy I was able to qualify for the World Single Distance Championships today after the huge disappointment of the 3,000-meter race. It was all or nothing today. Fortunately, it was enough, but I know I can skate much better than this."
European Allround Championships:
Antoinette de Jong, Joy Beune, Patrick Roest and Marcel Bosker
European Sprint Championships:
Hein Otterspeer, Kai Verbij and Thomas Krol
World Single Distance Championships:
Verbij and Dai Dai N'tab
Verbij and Krol
Roest, Krol and De Jong
De Jong and Beune
Roest, Kramer and Achtereekte