Irene Schouten is only one of the many skaters from the Netherlands who achieved great success while competing on their home turf. She outperformed her fellow countrywoman Marijke Groenewoud to take first place. Kjeld Nuis and Thomas Krol of the Netherlands finished first and second, respectively, in the 1500-meter race for men in Division A of the competition. This was another example of the Dutch dominating the podium.
Irene Schouten led the way for the Netherlands in the Women’s Mass Start competition at the ISU Speed Skating World Cup Finals, which were held in Heerenveen. It was another fantastic day for the Netherlands.
She finished in 8 minutes and 53 seconds, giving her 180 points and putting her just ahead of Marijke Groenewoud, another Dutch athlete, whose time was 8 minutes and 53 seconds.
Kjeld Nuis and Thomas Krol of the Netherlands finished first and second, respectively, in the 1500-meter race for men in Division A of the competition. This was another example of the Dutch dominating the podium.
In comparison, Krol’s time of 1:43.797 earned him 108 points, while Nuis’s time of 1:43.486 earned him 120 points.
Connor Howe, who hails from Canada, came in third place overall with a time of 1:44.393.
However, Schouten wasn’t finished yet, and she went on to earn her second victory of the day, giving the Dutch even more cause for celebration.
Schouten ran the three thousand meter race for women in Division A in a time of 3:56.829, which earned her a total of 120 points
Following Ragne Wiklund of Norway, who finished in second place with a time of 3:57.152, was Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, who finished in third place with a time of 3:57.165.
In the Men’s Mass Start competition, Jorrit Bergsma finished in third place, while Bart Swings of Belgium took first place.
Swings finished in seventh place with a time of 7:43.910, followed by Andrea Giovannini in second place with a time of 7:44.210 and Bergsma in third place with a time of 7:44.840.
Erin Jackson of the United States of America crossed the finish line first in the second 500-meter race for women in the A division, clocking a time of 37.324 seconds.
Brittany Bowe, also from the United States, finished in second place, while Min Sun Kim, from Japan, took third place with speeds of 37.558 and 37.587, respectively.
Tatsuya Shinhama of Japan won the 2nd 500-meter race for men in Division A with a time of 34.487, and Piotr Michalski of Poland placed in second place.
Wataru Morishige, who was Shinhama’s countryman, came in third place.
Miho Takagi’s winning time of 1:13.285 in the 1000-meter race for women in Division A was enough to put her ahead of Bowe and Kimi Goetz, who placed second and third, respectively.
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