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Speed/Short Track Skating - 08. March 2014.

Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating – Inzell (GER) – Day 2

Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating – Inzell (GER) – Day 2

The Essent ISU World Cup in Inzell continued today with good results for the USA: another victory for Heather Richardson and Shani Davis securing the World Cup in the 1000m.

Ireen Wüst won the 3000m, as she did in Sochi.


500m Ladies

After winning her first World Cup race in the 500m yesterday, Heather Richardson (USA) was at it again but with a larger margin of victory over her pair mate Olga Fatkulina (RUS). Richardson won in 37.70 and Fatkulina finished in 37.84, which was enough to stay ahead of Jenny Wolf (GER), who reached the podium once again in 37.89 and has one weekend in her career left to chase her 50th World Cup victory. Sang-Hwa Lee (KOR) still leads overall with 700 points, but apparently she is not coming to Heerenveen for the World Cup and so Richardson has a good chance to get it, being only 10 points behind now on 690. Fatkulina also has chances, with 660 points, while Wolf is next on 593. 



3000m Ladies

In the 3000m, Olympic champion Ireen Wüst (NED) had to set a time with two pairs skating after her. Third-ranked Antoinette de Jong (NED), who is in the race for the junior world title in Bjugn this weekend, was absent. Prior to Wüst, the fastest two times were 4:04.44 by Yvonne Nauta (NED) and 4:04.87 by Olympic bronze medallist Olga Graf (RUS). Wüst went out very fast with a 29.8sec first lap, and her next three laps were also faster than anyone else’s. Before the end of the race she had to let go of the track record schedule she was on, but still finished in 4:01.52, with a 33.6 final lap. The best three times were not in danger from the next pair, but Martina Sábliková (CZE) and Claudia Pechstein (GER) skated in the last pair. After three and a half laps Sábliková was already five seconds down on Wüst, and the next lap the gap increased a little more. But then Sábliková managed to find a more even rhythm recorded the fastest last three laps of anyone, but she could not quite close up that five-second gap and had to settle for second with 4:04.00. Pechstein finished in seventh, Bachleda-Curus (POL), who was fourth in the ranking, finished in eighth and so was unable to any higher in the rankings. Sábliková leads the World Cup rankings with 460 points, Pechstein is on 380 and Wüst 240. With 150 points for the winner next week, it means only Pechstein can keep Sábliková from the Cup, but it is not likely.


Tomorrow’s programme has the second 500m and the 1500m for Men, and the 1000m and Mass Start for Ladies.


Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating – Inzell (GER) - Medal Winners Saturday


500m Ladies (2)


Heather Richardson




Olga Fatkulina




Jenny Wolf




3000m Ladies


Ireen Wüst




Martina Sábliková




Yvonne Nauta



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