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Speed/Short Track Skating - 19. February 2009.

Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating –Heerenveen (NED

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The last World Cup this season in Europe took place in Heerenveen (NED), where the last spots for the World Cup final, in March, Salt Lake City, were to be earned on the 1500 meter and tickets to the World Single Distance Championships in Vancouver on the 5000m for ladies  a distance that won’t be skated in the World Cup final.

speedskating Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating –Heerenveen (NED

 
Ladies
The Ladies started with the 5000m. In the B-division, the winning time was surprisingly fast: Dutch Elma de Vries had clocked 7:02.48, a personal best. With this time, she qualified for the World Single Distance championships.


With two pairs to go, Norwegian Maren Haugli had come closest to that time, with 7:05.85, when Kristina Groves (CAN) and Stephanie Beckert (GER) were paired. The young German had first surprised on the 5000m in Moscow, in November, where she had taken third place and also reached the podium at the World Allround Championships.

speedskating Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating –Heerenveen (NED


She managed to keep even and fast lap times and reached a new personal best of 7:01.33, overtaking her pairmate with three laps to go. Groves finished in 7:05.08. Both times were good enough for the podium, as of the skaters in the final pair, Dutch Groenewold finished in sixth place, and only the leader in the ranking, world record holder Martina Sáblíková (CZE) reached a faster time: 6:59.80, her 12th World Cup win.

The World Cup is now definitely hers, as her 460 points cannot be overtaken, with 150 points for the winner in the final World Cup. Six skaters will battle for the silver and bronze: Groves moved to second place overall with 270 points, Groenewold has 260, Pechstein and Anschütz both have 255, Beckert 250, Hozumi 210.


 
Anni Friesinger skated only her second 1500 meter race this season, but that didn’t mean that she was not completely back. She had a strong race, finishing in 1:57.48. At that point only Polish Katarzyna Wójcicka had been below 2 minutes with 1:59.03.

For Wójcicka, that would mean the fifth place. Ireen Wüst was faster than her with 1:58.77, but just missed the podium. In the final pair, the fast Canadian ladies Kristina Groves and Christine Nesbitt were paired. Nesbitt skated away with a fast 25.53, continued with a 28.6, gaining almost a second over Friesinger and losing a little with her next lap. However, Friesinger’s last lap had been 32.2, and Nesbitt struggled a bit there, and finished with a 33.0 lap. This brought her to 1:57.58, only 0.1 second behind Friesinger. Groves was third, with 1:58.40. Groves still leads, with 376 points. Absent Daniela Anschütz (280 points) was passed in the ranking by Christine Nesbitt, who has gathered 335 points.


 
 

Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating –Heerenveen (NED) - Medal Winners
 
1500m Ladies

1
Anni Friesinger
GER
1:57.48
2
Christine Nesbitt
CAN
1:57.58
3
Kristina Groves
CAN
1:58.40


 

5000m Ladies

1
Martina Sáblíková
CZE
6:59.08
2
Stephanie Beckert
GER
7:01.33 P
3
Kristina Groves
CAN
7:05.08


 

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