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24 janvier 2020

Europe's best short track skaters ready to battle it out

The 2020 European Short Track Championships started today in Debrecen, Hungary.

By Jackob Savard
Photo: Schaats Foto’s

The qualifying day in Debrecen was rather calm as most of the medal contenders managed to secure a place in this weekend's main event. 

In the women's category, Belgian Hanne Desmet, Dutch Suzanne Schulting and Yara van Kerkhof, Russians Ekaterina Efremenkova and Sofia Prosvirnova, Hungarians Deanna Lockett and Petra Jaszapati, Italian Arianna Fontana and Polish Natalia Maliszewska all got through their qualification rounds on all three individual distances. Great Britain's Elise Christie, who was penalized on 1000m, Italy's Martina Valcepina, who crashed on 1000m, and Dutch Lara van Ruijven who crashed on 1500m are three of the higher ranked skaters who didn’t had a perfect day in Debrecen.

There were several penalties and crashes on the men's side of the competition, but nothing that involved the podiums favourites. Short track fans in Debrecen will see Shaoang Liu, Shaolin Sandor Liu, Sébastien Lepape, Alexander Shulginov, Semen Elistratov, Daan Breeuwsma, Itzhak de Laat, Vladislav Bykanov and Stijn Desmet compete in all individual distances this weekend.

In the six relay quarterfinal heats, no less than three disqualifications and two yellow cards were awarded. Big fights are expected this weekend between the Netherlands, Russia and Hungary for the European relay titles.

For the detailed results, click HERE

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