The Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating circuit moved to Heerenveen, the Netherlands, for both sprinters and allround skaters on December 7-9. 2007.
In the 500m ladies, Beixing Wang (CHN) won the 500m in a new track record on Friday and Jenny Wolf (GER) was second, Sunday it was the other way round. On Friday Wang’s new Track Record was 37,96, on Sunday Wolf brought the Track Record to 37,81 and Wang was a bit faster than the first day (37.92). The first day Annette Gerritsen completed the podium with 38.53, the last day Sang-Hwa Lee from Korea took the bronze, with 38.59. Wolf is leader in the World Cup ranking, with 560 points, with Beixing Wang second, with 520 points. Sayuri Yoshii is third, 338 points, Gerritsen has 336.
In the 1000m, Anni Friesinger won with a track record of 1:15.34, she beat Christine Nesbitt head to head. Nesbitt was second in 1:15.66. Beixing Wang and Chiara Simionato shared the bronze, also racing head to head, both in 1:16.14. After two second places and two wins, Anni Friesinger is well in the lead with 360 points, Chiara Simionato follows with 290, including one win, and then Christine Nesbitt, also with 290, but no win. Beixing Wang is fourth, 266 points.
In the 1500m, Anni Friesinger skated a time of 1:55.98. In the final pair, Canadian ladies Kristina Groves and Christine Nesbitt didn’t open as fast as Friesinger. Groves finished second in 1:56.18, Nesbitt third in 1:56.56. Nesbitt still keeps the lead in the World Cup ranking with 350 points, Groves is second with 290 and Friesinger third with 280.
In the 3000m ladies, Martina Sábliková (CZE) did not win like in the previous 3000m races. She skated a good time, 4:04.22, beating Anschütz-Thoms in her pair, and taking over the lead from Ireen Wüst, whose 4:06.12 brought her back on the podium on the distance for which she is Olympic champion. But in the last pair, Renate Groenewold (NED) had an excellent race, and finished first place, 4:02.64. Sábliková is still safely in the lead, 380 points, Groenewold passed Pechstein in the ranking with 250 versus 240 points.
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