Leader Verbij has doubts about disqualification Nuis in Collalbo

Kai Verbij has mixed feelings at his leading position in the standings after the first day of the European Championship sprint. The sprinter benefited in Collalbo from a disqualification of Kjeld Nuis on the 1,000 meters.


Kai Verbij has mixed feelings at his leading position in the standings after the first day of the European Championship sprint. The sprinter benefited in Collalbo from a disqualification of Kjeld Nuis on the 1,000 meters.

Nuis was by far the fastest in the kilometer, but was removed from the result because he had tapped a block. Verbij thus won the distance and is for the time being the best overall.

"It is a strange result, if you tap a block, you go through the line and it happened to him before, and I think many people had their eyes on him", says Verbij in front of the camera of the NOS .

"He took a risk and this was punished this time, nine times out of ten, it's bad for him, because he drove a very strong 1,000 meters and was first in the standings. is that sin and you are out of it. "

Nuis had considerably improved the track record of Shani Davis from 2006 (1.09.26) with his time of 1.08.38. The 24-year old Verbij also jumped 1.08.97 under the old top time and can therefore call himself the new holder of the course record.

Kjeld Nuis (left) touched a block in his ride against Thomas Krol, who in turn broke out. (Photo: ANP)

'Everything can still happen'

In the standings Verbij leads with 69.715 points, followed by the Norwegians Havard Lorentzen (70.520) Henrik Fagerli Rukke (70.645). The driver of Team Reggeborgh is mostly satisfied with his first day.

"I drove a strong 1,000 meters, I was satisfied with that, the disqualification is not good for the race, but it is nice for me, the rules are not there for nothing, so you have to stick to it", says the sprinter, who does not want to cheer too soon.

"Everything can still happen, I can also tap a block, fall or make misses, that's tricky to sprint, I have to stay sharp and have a day like today."

The EC sprint is only held for the second time in the history of skating. Verbij grabbed the final victory at the first edition in 2017 in Thialf in Heerenveen. The European Championship all-round will also be finished in Collalbo this weekend.

See also: Program and results EC allround and EC sprint

REF: https://www.nu.nl/schaatsen/5678630/leider-verbij-heeft-dubbel-gevoel-bij-diskwalificatie-nuis-in-collalbo.html