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10 mars 2018

Miho Takagi dethrones Wüst to capture the Allround title

The rainy weather continued in Amsterdam as Miho Takagi was crowned the Women’s Allround World Champion in Amsterdam on Saturday night. Ireen Wüst and Annouk van der Weijden rounded off the podium. On the men’s side, Patrick Roest, Sverre Lunde Pedersen and Sven Kramer lead the pack heading into the final day of competition.

By Maria Dalton
Photo: Screen capture from ISU skating channel and Schaats Foto's

Miho Takagi captures the Allround title
No amount of rain could stop Miho Takagi on her way to the top of the podium. The 23 year old Japanese skater improved upon her 3rd place finish from last year’s Allround championships in Hamar, NOR. Her stellar racing this weekend saw her atop the podium two times, in the 500m and 1500m. Takagi set a new track record in the 1500m en route to capturing the Allround title with her time of 1:58.82. She skated in the last pair of the women’s competition, and her time of 7:29.93 in the 5000m was enough to edge out Ireen Wust for first place. Takagi has had a stellar season, having won three medals in Pyeongchang, and she is currently ranked number one overall in the World cup rankings.

Defending champion Ireen Wüst finished in 2nd place with 167.758 points. She also found herself atop the podium twice this weekend, but had a slight misstep when she finished in 9th place in the 500m. Wüst finished just behind Takagi in the 1500m with a time of 1:58.89, but went on to capture the top spot in the 5000m with her time of 7:26.85. Annouk van der Weijden of the Netherlands, capped of both her career and the podium with 169.840 points. She finished with a time of 2:00.94 in the 1500m, and 7:29.12 in the 5000m.

Patrick Roest looks to dethrone Sven Kramer
Patrick Roest, a bronze and silver medallist in Pyeongchang, leads after day one of the men’s competition with 76.677 points. The young Dutchman claimed the top spot in the 500m with a time of 36.97. Roest finished just off the podium in the 5000m in 4th place with a time of 6:37.07. Roest finished in second place at last year’s Allround championships, and will be looking to dethrone his compatriot Sven Kramer tomorrow en route to winning his first Allround title.

Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway sits in second place with 76.801 points. He finished in 5th place in the 500m with his time of 37.42 seconds. The 5000m Olympic bronze medallist set a new track record in the 5000m, breaking the track record set by Sven Kramer a few pairs earlier, with a time of 6:33.81. Pedersen will be looking to build momentum heading into the final day of the men’s competition, and improve upon his third place finish at last years Allround Championships in Hamar.

Reigning champion Sven Kramer currently sits in third place with 76.845 points,and looks to defend his crown as the men’s competition comes to a conclusion tomorrow. Kramer posted a time of 6:34.15 in the 5000m, enough to momentarily hold the track record, and finished in 2nd place in the distance. The Dutchman finished the 500m in 6th place with a time of 37.43, and will be looking to make up some ground tomorrow as he looks to defend his Allround title.

Denny Morrison leads the Canadian squad
Denny Morrison finished the first day of the men’s competition in 16th place with 79.904 points. Morrison finished with a time of 37.97 in the 500m, and 6:59.34 in the 5000m. Fellow Canadian Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu, finished just behind Morrison in 17th place with a total of 79.972 points. He finished with a time of 37.65 in the 500m and 7:03.22 in the 5000m. The final Canadian in action today was Ted-Jan Bloemen who sits in 19th place with 80.118 points. The current 5000m and 10000m world record holder struggled in today’s rainy conditions and finished with a time of 38.81 in the 500m, and 6:53.08 in the 5000m. Ivanie Blondin was the lone Canadian woman in action this weekend in Amsterdam. She struggled under the rainy conditions and finished in 13th place.

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