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Speed/Short Track Skating - 02. March 2009.

ISU Junior World Cup Final–Groningen (NED)


 
The first international World Cup series for junior speed skaters concluded this weekend in the semi-covered ice rink of Groningen, Netherlands.
 
The ISU Junior World Cup circuit was inaugurated this season and included events in Inzell (GER), Asker (NOR) and Collalbo (ITA) before this weekend’s Final in Groningen (NED). Skaters also earned points at the ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships 2009 in Zakopane (POL) in February. 


 
Ladies
In the 500m ladies, Olga Fatkulina from Russia was the strongest. She won all but the first race and gathered 980 points. In second place finished Yekaterina Aydova from Kazakhstan with 608 points, and Japanese Nishita finished third with 420, only one point ahead of German Katya Franzen, who had won the first race. The Japanese only raced in Zakopane and Groningen but a steady third place behind Fatkulina and Aydova was enough for a third overall.


 
Fatkulina finished in second place on the 1000m, where she held the lead until this weekend. World Junior Champion Roxanne van Hemert (NED) beat her on the final 1000m and that was enough for her to win the Junior World Cup 1000m with 480 points over 475 for Fatkulina. In third place finished Norwegian Hege Bøkko who always made the podium in this distance. Czech Karolina Erbanová had been close until the last race, where she got disqualified because of a bad crossing.


 
Roxanne van Hemert won also the 1500m ladies with 480 points. Yvonne Nauta (NED) finished in second place, overtaking Erbanová in the final race. Both skaters had 400 points, but Nauta was given second because she had won the race in Asker, Erbanová took the bronze, fourth place was her compatriot Andrea Jirkú.
 
Nauta did win the 3000m, with 400 points, winning in Asker as well as Zakopane and Groningen. Andrea Jirkú won in Nauta’s absence in Collalbo and finished second in Groningen, she has 357 points. Jennifer Bay from Germany finished third overall with 260 points.


 
In the Team Pursuit, the Dutch ladies, who are the world champions, won. Just like the men, they also missed the first race, but the Germans, who were leading with 40 points over the Dutch, finished only in third, just behind the Russian team in the final race, which was enough for the Dutch to win the Junior World Cup with 300 points. The German ladies had 295 and Russia was third with 265.


 
 
The series gives young speed skaters a platform at top international junior level and was well received by coaches and skaters. In the ISU Junior World Cup series the participants are either A or B juniors, which means that they are in the last four years of being eligible to participate at junior level (aged 15-19 years). They skate all in one division, and the program includes 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 3000m as well as the Team Pursuit for the ladies.


 
ISU Junior World Cup – Groningen (NED), February 28- March 1 - Medal Winners
 
500m Ladies                                                                                     Points

1
Olga Fatkulina
RUS
980
2
Yekaterina Aydova
KAZ
368
3
Yukana Nishina
JPN
323

1000m Ladies

1
Roxanne van Hemert
NED
480
2
Olga Fatkulina
RUS
475
2
Hege Bøkko
NOR
395

1500m Ladies

1
Roxanne van Hemert
NED
480
2
Yvonne Nauta
NED
400
3
Karolina Erbanová
CZE
400

3000m Ladies

1
Yvonne Nauta
NED
400
2
Andrea Jirkú
CZE
357
2
Jennifer Bay
GER
260

Team Pursuit Ladies

1
The Netherlands
NED
300
2
Germany
GER
295
3
Russia
RUS
265

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