Dutch medals at skating World Cup

20th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch have done well at the Essent ISU Speed Skating World Cup held this weekend in Chelyabinsk in Russia.

In the men’s 1000 metres, Dutch skater Stefan Groothuis has come in first. The Control team skater, who won the 1500 metres on Friday, beat compatriot Kjeld Nuis by 0.07 of a second. Bronze went to Canadian Denny Morrison. Dutchman Sjoerd de Vries just missed the medals by 0.03 of a second.

In the women’s 1000 meters, Dutch skater Margot Boer has come second. She was half a second behind Christine Nesbitt from Canada. The Dutch were in the top three up until the final race. Marrit Leenstra came third and Laurine van Riessen missed a medal by a second.

On Saturday, Jorrit Bergsma won the men’s 5000 meter, pushing Sven Kramer – who has been out of the competition after an injury for one and a half years – into second place on his re-entry into the international competition. Bob de Jong completed the Dutch success by coming in third.

Also on Saturday, Dutch skater Ireen Wüst won the women’s 1500 metre beating Christine Nesbitt to gold. While Marrit Leenstra won the bronze medal. Wüst won silver in the 3000 metre race on Friday.

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