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11 février 2021

Nils van der Poel crowned 5000m world champion

Sweden's prodigy Nils van der Poel won his country's first ever medal at a single distances world championship today in Heerenveen.

By: Jackob Savard

Photo: ISU speed skating

The first day of the World speed skating championships featured the top skaters in the women's 3000m and men's 5000m. Note that the Koreans, Chinese and Japanese will not compete at this year’s World Championships.

Van der Poel defeats Roest

24-year-old skater from Sweden Nils van der Poel completed the 5000m in 6:08.395 to claim the world title on the distance. This is Sweden’ first world single distances championship medal ever. After good results at the European Championships and at the last World Cup of the season, the Swede was expected to put in a solid performance, but few would have been willing to bet that he would defeat local favourite Patrick Roest on 5000m. Roest finished second with a time of 6:10.050 while Sergey Trofimov completed the podium. Patrick Roest seemed particularly shaken by his second place. He has yet to win a world title on this distance despite his huge World Cup success in recent years.

De Jong a bit faster

Antoinette de Jong from the Netherlands won the first world title of the weekend by winning the 3000m. The 25-year-old completed the distance with a time of 3:58.470. Reigning world champion on the distance Martina Sablikova was unable to defend her title. The Czech had to settle for silver after skating the distance 0.10 seconds slower than de Jong. Irene Schouten from the Netherlands took third place.

The 2021 World Championships will continue tomorrow with the team pursuit and 500m! 

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