Carlijn Achtereekte won another silver medal in the 3 kilometers at the World Cup in Tomaszów Mazowiecki in Poland on Friday. The win went to Martina Sáblíková. On the team sprint there was gold (men) and silver (women) for the Netherlands.
On the 3 kilometers, Achtereekte was just short of gold, just like last week in Minsk at the first world cup of the season. The Olympic champion clocked 4.06.284 and thereby admitted 0.15 seconds to the Czech world champion Martina Sáblíková (4.06.133).
With that time, the world champion improved the track record set by 47-year-old Claudia Pechstein in the B-group at 4.10.043 earlier on Friday. The 32-year-old Czech booked her 34th world cup victory in the 3,000 meters.
The bronze went to the Russian Natalia Voronina (4.06.614) in Poland, while Isabelle Weidemann (4.06.760) also remained within a second of the winner. The Canadian took gold in Minsk last week, with 0.47 seconds ahead of Achtereekte.
Esmee Visser showed some progression compared to her ninth place last week, but with a fifth place in 4.07.999 the Olympic champion in the 5 kilometers will not be satisfied again. Antoinette de Jong (seventh in 4.09.174) also drove a disappointing 3 kilometer.
Melissa Wijfje, who won the B-group last week and thus promoted to the A-group, set the ninth fastest time with 4.09.572. Reina Anema (4.12.634) finished 15th and penultimate in the Lodowa Arena.
Thomas Krol cheerfully crosses the line at the team sprint. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Team sprinters again beat China and Canada
Ronald Mulder, Kjeld Nuis and Thomas Krol clearly set the fastest time in the men's team sprint 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 in Minsk, and then 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 the Tomaszów Mazowiecki is still the 5 km for men on the program.
See also: Results and program at World Cup in Tomaszów Mazowiecki