Dutch speed skating ladies could win medal at Sprint Championships

22nd January 2011, Comments 0 comments


At the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships at the Thialf stadium in Heerenveen, the ladies from the Dutch Liga team are still in with a chance of winning an overall silver or bronze medal.

Gold, however, seems to be in the bag for Canadian skater Christine Nesbitt. Second, third and fourth places in the 1000 metres went to the Dutch. The Canadian beat Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst by one and a half seconds, breaking Anni Friesinger's lap record of 2007.

Annette Gerritsen came in third, putting her in third place overall behind German skater Jenny Wolf, and Laurine van Riessen finished fourth. Even Margot Boer, who came in eighth in the 1000 metres, could still make it onto the podium as overall she is tenths of a second behind Gerritsen. Ireen Wüst is in seventh place overall after a disappointing showing in the 500 metres.

In the men's competition Stefan Groothuis is in the lead after winning the 1000 metres and coming third in the 500 metres. Overall victory is uncertain, however, as he is just half a second in front of South Korean Lee Kyou-hyuk. Meanwhile American Shani Davis and Korean Mo Tae-bum are both hot on their heels. Anything could happen in Sunday's finals.

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