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Speed/Short Track Skating - 29. January 2009.

Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating – Kolomna (RUS)

The world's top speed skaters gathered this week-end for the sixth of nine Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating events. Fast times and track records were set both days on one of the fastest lowland rinks in the world in Kolomna, Russia, about 120 km south-east of Moscow.


Ladies

On the 500m, Jenny Wolf (GER) was aiming for 37.5, and on the first day she was right on form, winning in a new track record of 37.51. Her pairmate Annette Gerritsen (NED) was second in 38.02, with Jing Yu, one of this season’s Chinese revelations, in third place. Jenny Wolf was almost as good on Sunday, winning in 37.67. Peiyu Jin (CHN) got her first podium place on the 500m in the world cup with Sunday’s second place in a personal best of 38.01. Jing Yu was third once again. Having won nine of the season’s ten world cup races, Jenny Wolf is already certain of victory. Sang-Hwa Lee of Korea keeps her second place although she was not present in Kolomna, Gerritsen stays third.

 
Margot Boer of the Netherlands had not won a World Cup race before, but this weekend she followed up her strong performance in the World Sprint Championships by winning both 1000 metres. On Saturday she set a track record with 1:15.84, winning ahead of Jing Yu and Christine Nesbitt. In Sunday’s race Boer’s track record from the day before came under attack, first by Anni Friesinger who lowered the mark to 1:15.81, before Boer hit back and shaved another 2/100 seconds of this time so that the new track record in Kolomna is 1:15.79. With Christine Nesbitt in third place in 1:15.85, Sunday’s 1000m was a close contest indeed. The top three in the world cup are all Canadians, but with 520 points Nesbitt has taken the lead from Kristina Groves, who skipped this World Cup to concentrate on the Essent ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships. Shannon Rempel stays in third place – as Margot Boer did not make the Dutch team for the season’s first world cups, her two wins of the weekend only brought her to fifth place overall.


In the 100m the final was contended between Jenny Wolf, her compatriot Judith Hesse and Aihua Xing of China. As usual on this distance Wolf was the fastest, her winning time was 10.33. In qualification she was even faster, with 10.23. Wolf leads the overall standings with 300 points, ahead of Aihua Xing. Sayuri Osuga (JPN) is in third place.

Next week the Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating moves to Erfurt, Germany on 30th January – 1st February, 2009.
 
Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating – Kolomna (RUS) – Medal Winners
 
Saturday
500m Ladies

1
Jenny Wolf
GER
37.51 TR
2
Annette Gerritsen
NED
38.02
3
Jing Yu
CHN
38.17


1
Margot Boer
NED
1:15.84 TR
2
Jing Yu
CHN
1:16.04
3
Christine Nesbitt
CAN
1:16.26


500m Ladies

1
Jenny Wolf
GER
37.67
2
Peiyu Jin
CHN
38.01
3
Jing Yu
CHN
38.13


1
Margot Boer
NED
1:15.79 TR
2
Anni Friesinger
GER
1:15.81
3
Christine Nesbitt
CAN
1:15.85


 

100m Ladies

1
Jenny Wolf
GER
10.33
2
Judith Hesse
GER
10.56
3
Aihua Xing
CHN
10.59

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