On Friday the first day of the World Cup in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland, the Dutch skaters once again won gold in the team sprint. Among the women, the Dutch trio behind Russia had to settle for silver.
Ronald Mulder, Kjeld Nuis and Thomas Krol clearly set the fastest time in the men's competition with 1.20.061. China (1.20.851) and Canada (1.20.966) took silver and bronze at an appropriate distance.
It was the second week in a row that the Netherlands was the best in the relatively new part of team sprint. Seven days ago, Mulder, Kai Verbij and Nuis skated to gold at the first World Cup of this season, and China and Canada also completed the podium.
In February, the Mulder, Verbij and Nuis trio also became world champions at the World Championship distances in Inzell. On Friday, Krol took the place of Verbij.
Michelle de Jong, Jutta Leerdam and Sanneke de Neeling ride to the second time in the team sprint. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Dutch women are losing a lot to Russia
Among the women, Michelle de Jong, Jutta Leerdam and Sanneke de Neeling clearly defeated Russia in a direct duel against Russia: 1.29.340 at 1.27.650. The bronze went to Japan in 1.29.651.
Russia took revenge for the defeat against the Netherlands in Minsk last week, when Michelle de Jong, Leerdam and Letitia de Jong took gold and the Russian team and Japan stayed ahead.
Later on Friday in Tomaszów Mazowiecki the 3 kilometers for women and the 5 kilometers for men are on the program.
See also: Results and program at World Cup in Tomaszów Mazowiecki