Irene Schouten ‘finally’ wins gold at the World Cup: ‘It drove me a bit crazy myself’ | To skate

Irene Schouten ‘finally’ wins gold at the World Cup: ‘It drove me a bit crazy myself’ | To skate
Irene Schouten ‘finally’ wins gold at the World Cup: ‘It drove me a bit crazy myself’ | To skate
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Schouten records first World Cup victory at 3000 meters this season

Irene Schouten booked her first international victory in the 3000 meters at the World Cup competitions in Quebec, Canada this season. The reigning Olympic champion was slightly faster than compatriot Joy Beune with 4:01.11. The bronze went to Valérie Maltais from Canada.

In her ride against Ivanie Blondin, Schouten quickly distanced herself from her opponent and from the schedule of Isabelle Weidemann, the fastest woman up until then. However, she failed to improve Weidemann’s track record (4.00.20).

Beune defeated compatriot Marijke Groenewoud in the final stage, but did not reach Schouten’s time. With 4.02.62 she came second and was just faster than Maltais (4.02.73). Groenewoud finished eighth in 4.04.80. Sanne in ‘t Hof was just behind with 4.05.92, with ninth place.

Schouten records first World Cup victory at 3000 meters this season (2)

The overall victory in the World Cup classification went to Ragne Wiklund. The Norwegian reigning world champion only needed a fifth place to win the rankings. Beune finished in fourth place as the best Dutch player.

For Schouten it was the first international victory in the 3000 meters since her victory in November 2022 in Heerenveen. “Finally again,” said the Olympic champion on NOS. “I had something every time, it drove me a little crazy myself.”

Schouten said she was a little uneasy after her late arrival from Salt Lake City. “I said to my coach, I’m just going to ride and see what comes out.” According to the 31-year-old from North Holland, it was “a race full of mistakes” but that was not a problem. “In the end it’s all about the World Cup. I’m fit and will see how things go in Calgary. Luckily I still have two weeks. I hope to be at my very best there.”



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Supporting role Dutch at 5000 meters, Bloemen wins

The Dutch skaters finished far from the podium in the 5000 meters at the World Cup competitions in Quebec, Canada. Marwin Talsma was the best Dutchman in ninth place. The victory went to Ted-Jan Bloemen from Canada, who finished ahead of Davide Ghiotto from Italy and Hallgeir Engebraten from Norway with 6.13.87.

Marcel Bosker achieved 6.24.88 in the first stage and finished tenth, one place behind Talsma. He was slightly faster one ride later at 6.24.33. Jesse Speijers achieved 6.28.74, which was good for thirteenth place.

Patrick Roest, who had won the four other World Cup races in the 5000 meters this season, was missing in Quebec. The reigning world champion at this distance preferred to train on the way to the World Championship distances in Calgary. This paved the way for his competitor Ghiotto to overall victory in the World Cup classification.

However, the Italian did not do so with a victory. He was beaten in a direct duel by Bloemen, who fell well below his own track record of 6.16.16 and thus confirmed his good form. Ghiotto did win the World Cup, ahead of Bloemen and Roest.



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Prince seventh at 1000 meters, Stolz victory

Tim Prins finished seventh in the 1000 meters at the World Cup competitions in Quebec. Reigning world champion Jordan Stolz finished ahead of Tatsuya Shinhama from Japan and Zhongyan Ning from China in a track record of 1.07.96.

In the stage against the Japanese Taiyo Nonomura, Prins was away faster, but with a final lap of 27.17, the 20-year-old Frisian remained ahead of the fastest time of the Belgian Mathias Vosté with 1.08.82. The skater finished second behind Stolz last Sunday in Salt Lake City.

Prins was the only Dutchman in the A group. Jenning de Boo canceled earlier on Friday. Ning took victory in the World Cup classification. Prins finished fourth.

Hein Otterspeer finished second in the B group with 1.08.96. Only the Canadian Laurent Dubreuil was slightly faster. Kai Verbij finished fourth with 1.09.43 and Joep Wennemars fifth in 1.09.46.

Kjeld Nuis had previously indicated that he would skip the World Cup matches in Quebec. The 34-year-old skater crashed after his 1000 meters at the World Cup in Salt Lake City last Sunday and has chosen to focus on the World Championship distances that will be held in Calgary from February 15 to 18.



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Takagi beats Kok and Grevelt at 1000 meters

Femke Kok won silver in the 1000 meters at the World Cup competitions in Quebec in Canada. The 23-year-old Friezin only had to tolerate the Japanese Miho Takagi. The bronze went to Isabel Grevelt.

Takagi, who competed in the 3000 meters in the B group earlier on Friday and won there with 4.07.43, with a track record of 1.14.19 under the times of Kok and Grevelt.

Grevelt was the first to improve Ivanie Blondin’s track record on the Canadian track in the stage against Marrit Fledderus with 1.15.72. Kok went under with 1.15.07, but the Japanese was then 0.88 faster.

Naomi Verkerk finished seventh with 1.16.60. Helga Drost finished ninth with 1.16.72. Marrit Fledderus finished fourteenth with 1.17.21.



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