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12 mars 2018

New world champions were crowned in Salt Lake City

Some new  junior world champions were crowned this weekend at the Utah olympic oval.

By Jackob Savard
Photos: Schaats Foto’s

While some senior skaters were in Amsterdam for the Allround world championships, the best juniors in the world were in Salt Lake City to fight for the world junior champion title. A lot of personal bests, national bests and junior world records were beaten this weekend in Salt Lake City. In fact there was exactly 32 new personal bests, 11 new national records, 84 new junior national records and 10 new junior world records.

Joy Beune’s domination
The ladies’ competition was dominated by skaters from the Netherlands all through the weekend. In the overall ranking, Joy Beune finished in first place with 153.776 points while her teammates and defending champion Jutta Leerdam and Elisa Dul finished in second and third with respectively 154.418 and 157.306 points.

Beune established the new junior world record on 1500m, 1000m and 3000m and completely dominated the competition. The only distance she didn’t win was the 500m were she finished in a respectable fifth place.

A tight men’s competition
The men’s competition featured Olympic medalist Min-Seok Kim, Olympian and world junior record older on 1500m and 3000m Allan Dahl Johansson. Some upcoming stars like David La Rue, Tyson Langelaar, Francesco Betti and Gabriel Odor were also in action.

At the end of the competition, Allan Dahl Johansson from Norway was crowned world junior champion with 143.060 points. The new champion was followed by Canadian Tyson Langelaar who got 145.061 points and Italian Francesco Betti who got 145.557 points.

We need to note David La Rue’s great performances of the weekend despite is result on 5000m that cost him in the overall ranking. La Rue who’s only been skating on long track for a year, won a silver medal on 1500m and finished in fourth place on 1000m.

No big surprises in the team events
If you followed the ladies’ individual competition, you will not be surprised to learn that the Netherlands won the team sprint and the team pursuit events. The Korean men’s team was unbeatable and established a new junior world record of 1:20,46 to win the men’s team sprint. Korea also won the team pursuit.

Canada shined in the mass start
Canadian rising stars David La Rue and Béatrice Lamarche won their respective mass start event. The two skaters with a strong short track background were too strong for the competition and won their first world champion titles.

Who impressed you the most this weekend?

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