Dutch men to final repayment, brothers Liu reign at EC

The Dutch men have sat Saturday at the European Championship short track in Dordrecht for the final of the relay. Individually, the Dutch did not reach A-finals. The Hungarian brothers Shaolin Sándor Liu (1,500 meters) and Shaoang Liu (500 meters) distributed the first gold medals.


The Dutch men have sat Saturday at the European Championship short track in Dordrecht for the final of the relay. Individually, the Dutch did not reach A-finals. The Hungarian brothers Shaolin Sándor Liu (1,500 meters) and Shaoang Liu (500 meters) distributed the first gold medals.

Daan Breeuwsma, Jasper Brunsmann, Itzhak de Laat and Dennis Visser finished in the semi-final battle for the second place, behind Hungary. The team left Latvia and Turkey behind.

It was the only final spot that the Dutch men were allowed to celebrate on Saturday. Breeuwsma, Dylan Hoogerwerf and De Laat stranded on the 1,500 meters in the semi-finals. At the 500 meters De Laat reached the furthest with a half-fin spot. Hoogerwerf and Breeuwsma stayed on the shortest distance in the quarter finals.

Breeuwsma drove the B-final on the 1,500 meters, in which he finished second. That was good for the ninth place in the final result, which does not yield a point (s) for the classification. On the 500 meter De Laat was the best Dutchman with a seventh place (third in the B-final).

The 24-year old De Laat is also the best Dutch driver in the standings. The Frisian state tenth with two points. Breeuwsma is the number thirteen and Hoogerwerf is 27th.

Hoogerwerf, unlike his fellow countrymen, did not qualify for the final rounds of the 1,000 meters, so his individual tournament is finished. The Laat and Breeuwsma are still in action on Sunday.

Shaolin Sándor Liu and Shaoang Liu celebrate their medals at 1,500 meters. (Photo: ANP)

Brothers Liu are in the lead together

The 23-year-old Shaolin Sándor Liu took gold on the 1,500 meters and silver on the 500 meters. His three year younger brother Shaoang Liu was second on the 1,500 meters and won the 500 meters. Both Hungarians therefore have 55 points in the rankings.

The Russian Semen Elistratov (third in the 1,500 meters, sixth in the 500 meters) is third. With sixteen points, he already trailed a street length on the Liu brothers.

The European Championship is an all-round tournament. The short tracker who collected the most points on Sunday after the 1,500, 500, 1,000 and 3,000 meters super finals is European Champion. The final of the 1,000 meters and the super final are Sunday.

Sjinkie Knegt is not in Dordrecht. The threefold European champion suffered severe burns on his face, chest, legs and feet on Thursday because his clothes and beard caught fire when he lit the wood stove at his home in Frisian Bantega. He will have to stay in hospital for weeks.

See also: Results and program EK short track in Dordrecht

REF: https://www.nu.nl/schaatsen/5680130/nederlandse-mannen-finale-aflossing-broers-liu-heersen-bij-ek.html

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