The Dutch short trackers also conquered the third starting permit for the 1,500 meters at the Olympic Games in Dordrecht on Thursday.

Itzhak de Laat, Sjinkie Knegt and Jens van 't Wout reached all three semi-finals at the World Cup competition on the skating mile.

As a result, with the short track team, the Netherlands is certain of the maximum number of Olympians (five men and five women) and the maximum number of starting places at all distances.

Only in the 1,500 meters for men was there still a real danger that not three, but only two Dutchmen were allowed to participate in the Winter Games (4 to 20 February 2022).

The four days in Dordrecht is the fourth and last World Cup that also counts as an Olympic qualifying tournament.

Van 't Wout finished third on the skating mile in his heat at the quarterfinals.

Knegt won the fourth heat of the quarter-finals and was narrowly ahead of his compatriot De Laat (second).

National coach Jeroen Otter had already expressed the expectation prior to the tournament that all three short trackers would make it to the semi-finals.

"With the qualities of our men you think: how on earth did we not manage to get to the semi-finals with all three once?" Otter said earlier on Thursday.

The 32-year-old Knegt defends Olympic silver at the Games in Beijing.

The finals of the World Cup competition in Dordrecht are on Saturday and Sunday.

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