Both the Russian men and the Russian ladies’ took gold in the Team Sprint events at the ISU European Single Distance Championships in Kolomna on Sunday.
In the Men’s event Ruslan Murashov and Pavel Kuliznikov (RUS) started a little to fast for team mate Denis Yuskov, who had to take care of the final lap. Yuskov managed to pull back in time and was launched into the final lap at high pace. Yuskov skated an unmatched 25.6 second final lap to stop the clock at 1:19.38.
The Netherlands had set the second-best time in 1:19.76, but Michel Mulder, Hein Otterspeer and Koen Verweij were disqualified because of an irregular change. Otterspeer took over the lead too early when Mulder had a miss-stroke coming out of the inner corner.