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.
The first ISU World Cup Speed Skating event took place this weekend in Minsk (BLR). If you missed it, we have got you covered! Just take a look at the highlights to catch up and prepare for this weekend's event in Tomaszów Mazowiecki.
The ISU World Cup Speed Skating season began with the ISU World Cup Speed Skating event in Minsk (BLR) this weekend. Have a look at the selection of top pictures that were taken at the event.
World champion Brittany Bowe (USA) confidently beat Olympic champion Jorien ter Mors (NED) in the Ladies' 1000m on the third day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Minsk on Sunday. In the Mass Start Ivanie Blondin (CAN) defeated arch rival Irene Schouten (NED) with a powerful sprint on the final straight.
Jun-Ho Kim (KOR) won his first ever World Cup gold on the third day of the ISU World Cup speed skating in Minsk on Sunday. The 24-year-old sprinter surprised a competitive field in the men's 500m, when he stopped the clock at 34.87 to take home the first World Cup gold in the event for Rep. Korea since Tae-bum Mo in December 2013. Kjeld Nuis (NED) made amends for Saturday's disappointing 1000m by seizing gold in the 1500m.
Thomas Krol (NED) led an orange armada in the men's 1000m as he seized gold in a track record and his countrymen took three of the next four places on the second day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Minsk, Belarus. Jorrit Bergsma (NED) added to the Netherlands' medal haul by winning the mass start with a powerful jump, holding off the bunch in the last three laps and maintaining the Dutch men’s dominance in the first event of the 2019/20 series.
Olga Fatkulina (RUS) broke Nao Kodaira's (JPN) 23-race winning streak in the World Cup 500m on a thrilling Day 2 in Minsk, Belarus, on Saturday. Daria Kachanova (RUS) came second and Kodaira took bronze after world champion Vanessa Herzog (AUT) was disqualified for a second false start. In other ladies’ action at the opening event of the 2019/20 ISU World Cup season, Ireen Wüst (NED) won the 1500m to take her 24th World Cup gold in the event.
Patrick Roest (NED) started the ISU World Cup speed skating season with a track record to win the 5000m in Minsk on Friday. The World Allround Champion beat Jorrit Bergsma (NED) and Denis Yuskov (RUS) to top the podum. The Dutch also ruled in the Team Sprint, taking gold ahead of China and Canada.