Defending champion Kjeld Nuis was disqualified on Saturday after the first 500 meters of the NK sprint, because he hindered his teammate Ronald Mulder at the intersection.

Dai Dai N'tab won the shortest distance, but he did not take a lot of time on 1,000 meters specialists Hein Otterspeer and Kai Verbij.

The 26-year-old N'tab, who became Dutch champion in the 500 meters for the third time in his career four weeks ago, was only three hundredths faster than teammate Otterspeer with 34.79.

Verbij finished third in 34.90 and ensured a full Jumbo-Visma podium.

For the major competitor Team Reggeborgh it was a very disappointing start to the NK sprint.

Nuis opened more than four tenths slower than Mulder and then did not give his teammate right of way at the intersection, while they were sitting next to each other.

Nuis was disqualified, while Mulder was no longer fully skated and came last in 36.70.

Mulder, who had to skip the NK distances of four weeks ago due to a severe throat infection, will run over the 500 meters for the 1,000 meters of the women on Saturday, but it will be difficult to save his tournament.

Ronald Mulder could no longer fully skate at the intersection due to Kjeld Nuis (left).

(Photo: Pro Shots)

Outsider Krol comes in sixth

Thomas Krol, an outsider for the title, was only thirteen hundredths above his personal best with 35.27, good for sixth place.

The world champion in the 1,500 meters has to rely on the sprint four-camp of the 1,000 meters.

At that distance, he will have to make up for 94 hundredths on N'tab later on Saturday.

With Otterspeer (2), Verbij, Mulder, N'tab and Nuis, there were no fewer than five men on the start list who became Dutch sprint champions at least once.

The men will drive another 1,000 meters later on Saturday.

On Sunday, another 500 and 1,000 meters are on the program.

The winner of the NK sprint qualifies for the European Championship sprint (16 and 17 January in Thialf).

See also: Results and program NK sprint in Thialf