The Dutch team sprinters and team sprinters won the final classification in the World Cup of skating in Nagano on Friday.
In the last World Cup race of the season, Sanneke de Neeling, Dione Voskamp and Michelle de Jong were too strong for Russia in a direct game. The Netherlands recorded a time of 1.28.06. Russia had to admit more than a second on the skaters: 1.29.11.
Thanks to the third victory in four World Cup competitions, the Dutch skaters won the final classification convincingly. The Netherlands already prevailed in Minsk and Nur-Sultan.
The Netherlands ends the team sprint with 468 points. Russia finishes second in the final ranking with 444 points. The bronze is for China with 338 points.
The Dutch men also won the final classification on the team sprint. Hein Otterspeer, Lennart Velema and Dai Dai Ntab finished fifth in the last World Cup competition, but had built up such a large lead that they could hardly miss the overall victory. Russia won the race.
Dai Dai Ntab got no further than an eleventh place in the 500 meters. (Source: Pro Shots)
Ntab disappoints at 500 meters
Ntab performed disappointingly in the 500 meters at the World Cup in Nagano. The 25-year-old sprinter got no further than a place in the backfield.
Ntab, who won bronze at the World Cup in Minsk in mid-November, clocked a time of 35.00, finishing in eleventh place. Kai Verbij also could not impress: his time of 35.21 was good for the fifteenth place.
Lennart Velema was the best Dutchman in ninth place. He went around in 34.99, a personal record. For the first time in his career, Velema went under the 35-second barrier.
The victory in the 500 meters went to the Japanese Yuma Murakami, who rode the track record from his books at 34.58 on his home track. He was ahead of his fellow countryman Tatsuya Shinhama (34.67). The Russian Viktor Mushtakov, who finished fourth, is the new classification leader in the 500 meters.
Nao Kodaira won the 500 meters with the women. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Kodaira wins with women, supporting role for Dutch people
In a thrilling final ride in the women's 500 meters, Nao Kodaira was just too strong for 37.50 in a direct duel for the Russian Angelina Golikova (37.52), who triumphed last week in the Kazakh Nur-Sultan. Vanessa Herzog completed the podium with the third time. Olga Fatkulina, the leader in the general classification in the 500 meters until Thursday, finished fourth.
The Dutch skaters played a supporting role in the 500 meters. Sanneke de Neeling was the best Dutch with the eleventh time (38.48). Dione Voskamp (fifteenth) and Michelle de Jong (nineteenth) had to settle for a place in the backfield. Jutta Leerdam, who held the eighth place in the intermediate classification for the 500 meters in Nagano, was missing in Japan.
The women could not distinguish themselves at the mass start. Elisa Dul and Marijke Groenewoud could not win a point. The victory went to the Canadian Ivanie Blondin.
Friday is the first World Cup competition in Nagano, where you can skate until Sunday.
See also: Overview: Results and program world cup in Nagano