Sanneke de Neeling has deservedly won bronze in the 1,000 meters at the World Cup skating in Nagano on Saturday. In the second 500 meters with the men, Dai Dai Ntab failed to get into the podium.
De Neeling recorded a time of 1.14.89 in the 1,000 meters and was therefore just behind Miho Takagi. The Japanese was three thousandth faster than the Dutch and secured second place.
The 23-year-old De Neeling, the only Dutch who took action in the 1,000 meters, did succeed in leaving world top players such as Nao Kodaira (1.15.07) and the Russian Daria Kachanova (1.515.13) in Japan.
For De Neeling, it is the first individual world cup medal in her career. The skater of Jumbo-Visma never even finished an individual distance in the top six. In her career, she won twice at the team sprint.
Brittany Bowe won the 1,000 meters in a track record of 1.14.34. The old top time in Nagano was in the name of Kodaira (1.14.58) and dates from December 2017.
Sanneke de Neeling captured her first individual world cup medal. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Ntab outside podium at 500 meters
In the second 500 meters for the men, Ntab finished fifth. He clocked a time of 34.75 and thus outperformed Friday on the first 500 meters - he was disappointingly eleventh with a time of 35.00 - but it was not enough for a place on the podium.
The Russians were strong, because Viktor Mushtakov won the distance in a new track record. With 34.50 the reigning world champion in the 500 meters broke the top time that since December 2017 was in the name of Tsubasa Hasegawa (34.60).
Mushtakov's countryman Pavel Kulizhnikov (second in 34.52) and the Japanese Yuma Murakami (third) and Tatsuya Shinhama (fourth) also dived under Hasegawa's time, but had to let Mushtakov win.
Kai Verbij was the best Dutchman in Nagano after Ntab. With a time of 34.87, the reigning European sprint champion stayed ahead of his countryman Lennart Velema, who scored 35.07.
The World Cup in Nagano is the fourth world cup of the season, after the skaters previously visited Minsk, Tomaszów Mazowiecki and Nur-Sultan. Later on Saturday the team pursuit for men and the 3,000 meters for women are on the program.
See also: Overview: Results and program world cup in Nagano