Ivanie Blondin (CAN) surprised even herself with the first 5000m World Cup victory of her career on Day 1 of the third leg of ISU World Cup speed skating in Nur-Sultan on Friday. Brittany Bowe (USA) took another 1000m win and the Dutch ladies regained their winning ways in the Team Sprint.
Vanessa Herzog (AUT) returns to the 500m A Division, facing nemesis Nao Kodaira (JPN) and classification leader Olga Fatkulina (RUS) in a thrilling ladies' sprint battle at the third leg of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Nur-Sultan. In the long distance, Olympic Champion Esmee Visser (NED) hopes to take her chance in the only ladies' 5000m this World Cup season.
Gabriel Odor (AUT) and Robin Groot (NED) are the crown prince and princess of international Speed Skating. The Austrian and the Dutch Junior both won two individual gold medals and one bronze at the second leg of the ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating in Enschede, the Netherlands. Canada dominated the Neo-Senior competition with eight gold medals and a total of 12. American Speed Skating legend Shani Davis was in Enschede coaching the Chinese skaters, who took 3 golds, 4 silvers and 5 bronzes in the Neo-Senior category.
Watch the best moments of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Tomaszów Mazowiecki (POL) and catch up on who won.
Have a look at the top pictures of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating event that took place in Tomaszów Mazowiecki (POL) this weekend.
Japan took gold and silver in the men's 500m with Tatsuya Shinhama and Yuma Murakami only 0.002 seconds apart at the top of the ranking at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Tomaszów Mazowiecki on Sunday. Canada's Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) came third to win his first individual World Cup medal in two years, and the Netherlands won the men's Team Pursuit, confidently beating silver medalists Japan.
The tension between Mass Start aces Irene Schouten (NED) and Ivanie Blondin (CAN) has eased over the years, but on the ice they're still fierce rivals. After the Canadian beat her Dutch nemesis in the final sprint last week in Minsk, the order was reversed in the second leg of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Tomaszów Mazowiecki on Sunday. In the 1500m Ireen Wüst (NED) retained her first place in the World Cup classification with a second consecutive win and a track record.
It was a long day for Joey Mantia (USA) in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland, on Saturday, but the hard work finally paid off when he crossed the line first to win the men's Mass Start. In the 1500m the American had finished a lowly 16th, with Thomas Krol (NED) taking gold in a track record just 0.19 seconds ahead of team-mate and last week's winner Kjeld Nuis (NED).
Nao Kodaira (JPN) returned to her winning ways in the 500m, but her compatriots in the ladies' Team Pursuit suffered a first loss after three seasons of invincibility at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland, on Saturday. The Russian team took advantage of a weakened Japanese line-up, edging out the Netherlands by 0.12 seconds to take gold.
Patrick Roest (NED) won a second successive 5000m gold in the World Cup and the fourth of his career with a track record on the first day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Tomaszów Mazowiecki on Friday. In the team sprint the Dutch men switched their line-up but also clinched their second World Cup win of the season.
Martina Sáblíková (CZE) showed great resilience by bouncing back from last week's fourth place to win the 3000m on the opening day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Tomaszów Mazowiecki on Friday. Carlijn Achtereekte (NED) was a close second and climbed to first place in the long distance World Cup ranking. In the ladies’ Team Sprint, Russia took advantage of a line-up change to beat the Netherlands and reverse last week’s places at the top of the podium.
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After having hosted its first ever international event last year, the Arena Lodowa in Tomaszów Mazowiecki will welcome the ISU World Cup Speed Skating for the second time in history this weekend. The surprise winners at the season start in Minsk last week, hope to consolidate their good form, while others have to bounce back. In the long distances track records seem to be up for grabs this weekend.
Robin Groot (NED) anchored an orange medal haul at the ISU Junior World Cup in Bjugn, Norway. The 18-year-old celebrated three gold medals in the ladies competition. In total the Dutch juniors won seven gold medals and a total of 14, while China dominated the neo-senior competition with eight gold medals and a total of 15.