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Speed/Short Track Skating - 23. February 2009.

ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships – Zakopane (POL)


 
The Dutch skater Roxanne van Hemert was crowned ISU World Junior Champion this week-end in the Polish resort town of Zakopane, which welcomed a record-breaking number of 128 skaters to its new artificial rink.
 
ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships – Zakopane (POL)


For the first time, World Junior Championships were also held on the individual distances. The Dutch overall champions could also bring home two single distance victories each, while there were also single distance championships for their compatriots Yvonne Nauta and Pim Cazemier, for Olga Fatkulina of Russia, Mitchell Whitmore of the United States and Jan Daldossi of Italy.
 
 
Ladies
On the 500m, Olga Fatkulina was the fastest both in the first race on Friday (which was the one that counted for the allround combination) and in the second race on Sunday. In Sunday’s excellent conditions she further improved the track record she had already set in the first race, below the 40-second barrier to 39.85. Jee-Min Ahn (KOR) had the second-best time in both races, and Yukana Nishina (JPN) was third in both races.
 
Roxanne van Hemert almost clinched the all-round championship on the first day by winning the 1500m with a margin of victory of 2.37 seconds. This meant she held a lead of over a point in the overall standings. Second was Yvonne Nauta, who had also taken second place in the 1500m championships. 500m winner Fatkulina was third on the 1500m, but as she was not competing in the all-round, the third place overall after the first day was held by 16-year-old Karolina Erbanová (CZE). When she went on to win the 1000m, van Hemert not only secured her second individual distance title, she also expanded her lead on her competitors for the overall title. The skaters who came closest to her on the distance were Hege Bøkko (NOR), who had otherwise been suffering from skate and back problems, and Fatkulina who made her third podium.
 
This meant that van Hemert entered the 3000m with a comfortable lead, and her overall victory was never really threatened. When she started, the lead was held by Do-Yeoung Park of Korea in 4:24.82, and although van Hemert looked poised to beat this time, she ran out of steam and finished in 4:25.98 with a 39.7 final lap. She later stated that she was so tired she could not even lift her arms over her head to celebrate her world championships. Her pairmate Yvonne Nauta, who had been even with van Hemert only two laps from the finish, beat her with more than four seconds on those two laps and took the 3000m gold in 4:21.54, along with the silver medal overall. In the end there was also a surprise for the home crowd: Katarzyna Woźniak had skated evenly throughout the championships, and finished with a strong 3000m, which proved good enough for bronze overall.
 

Team Pursuit
The team pursuit contests were won by the Dutch team both among the ladies (for the eighth time in a row, they have won this competition every time since it was introduced in the junior championships in 2002) and the men (for the fifth time in a row). The ladies’ team consisted of Roxanne van der Hemert and Jorieke van der Geest from last year’s winning team, supplemented by Yvonne Nauta. The Japanese team came second, the Koreans third.
 
 
ISU World Junior Championships – Zakopane (POL) – Medal Winners
 
Ladies
500m (Friday + Sunday)

1
Olga Fatkulina
RUS
40.23TR + 39.85TR = 80.080
2
Jee-Min Ahn
KOR
40.36 + 40.35 = 80.710
3
Yukana Nishina
JPN
40.52 + 40.73 = 81.250

1500m (Friday)

1
Roxanne van Hemert
NED
2:02.91
2
Yvonne Nauta
NED
2:05.28
3
Olga Fatkulina
RUS
2:05.54

1000m (Saturday)

1
Roxanne van Hemert
NED
1:20.55TR
2
Hege Bøkko
NOR
1:20.62
3
Olga Fatkulina
RUS
1:20.71

3000m (Saturday)

1
Yvonne Nauta
NED
4:21.54TR
2
Do-Yeoung Park
KOR
4:24.82
3
Roxanne van Hemert
NED
4:25.98

Team Pursuit

1
Nauta, van der Geest, van Hemert
NED
3:16.30
2
Kiyama, Takagi, Takayama
JPN
3:19.86
3
Ahn, Lim, Park
KOR
3:20.18

Overall

1
Roxanne van Hemert
NED
166.425
2
Yvonne Nauta
NED
167.595
3
Katarzyna Woźniak
POL
169.492

 
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