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Speed/Short Track Skating - 14. December 2009.

Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating – Salt Lake City (USA)

 

Salt Lake City was the last World Cup before the Olympics and the skating was fast. Jenny Wolf (GER) started with a world record of 37.00 on the 500m, Shani Davis (USA) hugely improved the 1500m to 1:41.04

There were further national records for Argentina (Jennifer Calcedo 40.71), Australia (Daniel Greig 36.17 and 1:10.09, Ben Southee 1:47.65, Joshua Lose 6:27.03; Sophie Muir 38.60 and 1:16.18), Belarus (Julia Yasënok 4:13.98), China (Beixing Wang 37.02), Czech Republic (Milan Sáblik 1:49.03; Karolina Erbanová 38.90 and 1:15.81), Denmark (Catrine Grage 1:59.86, 4:07.73), Finland (Mika Poutala 34.31), France (Pascal Briand 1:10.41, Alexis Contin 6:15.74), Germany (Robert Lehmann 1:45.03, Patrick Beckert 6:19.82), Great Britain (Phil Brojaka 1:10.48), Italy (Matteo Anesi 1:08.42, Enrico Fabris 1:43.48, 6:06.06), Japan (Yuya Oikawa 34.27, Teruhiro Sugimori 1:45.49; Nao Kodaira 37.50, Maki Tabata 1:54.28), Kazachstan (Denis Kuzin 1:09.94; Yekaterina Aydova 1:16.62), Korea (Tae-Bum Mo 1:42.85, Seung-Hoon Lee 6:14.67; Sang Hwa Lee 37.24 and 1:15.26, Seon-Yeong Noh 1:56.38), Latvia (Harald Silovs 1:08.83, 1:45.90, 6:17.13) Mongolia (Galbaatar Uuganbaatar 1:52.41), New Zealand (Shane Dobbin 6:17.78), Poland (Maciej Ustynowicz 34.81 and 1:08.42, Konrad Niedzwiedzki 1:43.71, Slawomir Chmura 6:23.99; Katarzyna Bachleda-Curus 1:15.39), Romania (Marius Paraschivoiu 36.22 and 1:10.79, Valentin Anghel 1:51.05), Russia (Ivan Skobrev 6:10.58; Olga Fatkulina 1:14.50, Yekaterina Shikhova 1:54.78), Spain (Asier Peña Iturria 6:51.72), Sweden (Joel Eriksson 1:43.90); USA (Elli Ochowicz 37.74, Jennifer Rodriguez 1:54.19).

Most teams also set NRs in the team pursuit: the ladies from JPN, KAZ, KOR, NED, POL, RUS and USA

Ladies

On the first 500m ladies, Jenny Wolf (GER) established once again her lead over Beixing Wang (CHN) and Sang-Hwa Lee (KOR). Wolf opened in a not optimal 10.19 but her end time was a new world record: 37.00 exactly. Wang did it in 37.14, a Chinese record. Sang-Hwa Lee set a new Korean record, and took the bronze with 37.24. Wolf: “My goal was to set a WR in one of the four races in North-America. It is always wonderful to skate a world record. Hopefully I can go below 37 next time. The others are coming closer as well.”

 

In the 3000m, this time Martína Sábliková (CZE) knew the strong finish of Stephanie Beckert (GER) and made sure she stayed ahead all race. Her time 3:56.29 was an improvement of the old track record of Cindy Klassen (CAN), which stood at 3:56.90. Beckert was second with 3:57.78 and Kristina Groves (CAN) finished in third place with 3:58.67.

Sábliková increased her lead in the ranks to 460 points, Beckert has 430 and Anschütz-Thoms (GER) 315.

 

In the second 500m Wolf lost to Beixing Wang for the second time this season. Wang opened a ‘normal’ 10.32, and let it follow by the fastest lap ever: 26.70, to finish in a Chinese record time of 37.02. Wolf had problems with the last inner turn and was second in 37.17. Sang-Hwa Lee was third again and equaled her Korean record with 37.24. In the World Cup ranking Wolf leads with 760 points, Wang is second with 680 and Sang-Hwa Lee follows with 505 points.

 

The 1500m is dominated by two Canadian ladies. Christine Nesbitt crept closer to Kristina Groves, as Nesbitt won in 1:52.76, only 0.01 above her pb. Kristina Groves was second in 1:53.32. The third place this time was for Jennifer Rodriguez (USA), who improved her old national record to 1:54.19. In fourth place finished Maki Tabata with a Japanese record of 1:54.28. Groves has now 410 points, Nesbitt 360 and Wüst (NED) 257.

 

Christine Nesbitt won now every 1000m World Cup, finishing in 1:13.36, a new personal best and track record; the second fastest time ever. Beixing Wang continued to skate strongly and finished second, with 1:14.01. Nao Kodaira (JPN) was third with 1:14.17, also a pb. Nesbitt has 400 points, Annette Gerritsen (NED) follows with 205 and Kodaira with 202.

 

In the Team Pursuit the Russian ladies (Likhachova, Shikhova, Abramova) won in 2:57.18, the Canadian team with Nesbitt, Groves and Klassen finished as runner-up: 2:57.35. Both the Dutch (Wüst, De Vries, Van Deutekom) and Germany (with Beckert, Anschütz-Thoms and Mattscherodt set a time of 2:57.36, only 0.01 behind the silver. The Dutch are behind in thousands so the Germans receive the 70 points for third place.

 


 

 

Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating –Salt Lake City (USA) - Medal Winners

 

500m Ladies

1

Jenny Wolf

GER

37.00 WR

2

Beixing Wang

CHN

37.14 NR

2

Sang-Hwa Lee

KOR

37.24 NR


500m Ladies

1

Beixing Wang

CHN

37.02 NR

2

Jenny Wolf

GER

37.17

3

Sang-Hwa Lee

KOR

37.24 =NR


1000m Ladies

1

Christine Nesbitt

CAN

1:13.36 TR

2

Beixing Wang

CHN

1:14.01

3

Nao Kodaira

JPN

1:14.17 P


1500m Ladies

1

Christine Nesbitt

CAN

1:52.76

2

Kristina Groves

CAN

1:53.32

3

Jennifer Rodriguez

USA

1:54.19 NR


3000m Ladies

1

Martina Sábliková

CZE

3:56.29 TR

2

Stephanie Beckert

GER

3:57.78

3

Kristina Groves

CAN

3:58.67


Bob de Vries (NED) won the B-division in 6:10.56 (p)

Team Pursuit Ladies

1

Galina Likhachova, Yekaterina Shikhova, Yekaterina Abramova

RUS

2:55.79 NR,TR

2

Kristina Groves, Christine Nesbitt, Cindy Klassen

CAN

2:57.35

3

Stephanie Beckert, Daniela Anschütz-Thoms, Katrin Mattscherodt

GER

2:57.36


 

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