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After a fall, Schulting grabs the podium at 500 meters, Knegt takes first medal in three years | To skate

VIDEOSuzanne Schulting did not have a medal at the 500 meters at the World Cup competitions in Dordrecht. The Dutch short track star went down in the last round of the final when she tried to overtake the Italian Arianna Fontana.




The gold went to Canadian Kim Boutin, ahead of Fontana. Due to the fall of Schulting, the Russian Elena Seregina finished third. Xandra Velzeboer and Selma Poutsma, the other two Dutch participants, stranded in the semi-final and became first and second in the B-final respectively.

,,It was a fantastic move, but my shoe hit the ice. It was my own fault,” Schulting said after her race in the 500 meters against the NOS. ,,I had the feeling that if I came out of the corner, I could catch Boutin as well. Boutin shows that she is in good shape, so am I. It was a final at the highest level.”

Among the men, the Dutch were missing in the final battle at the shortest distance. Jens van ‘t Wout slipped in the semi-finals when he hit a block. Dylan Hoogerwerf also fell in the quarterfinals. Itzhak de Laat was already eliminated in the preliminary rounds on Thursday.

Third at 1500 meters

Earlier in the day, Schulting finished third in the 1500 meters. The 24-year-old Schulting wanted to go for five gold medals on the ice of the empty Optisport Sportboulevard this weekend, but already missed the win in the first final.

Schulting was in the lead for a long time, but was passed in the final lap by South Korean Lee Yu-bin (gold) and Courtney Sarault from Canada (silver). In the semi-finals it had already been shown that Schulting is not as superior as in recent weeks. She then finished third behind two Koreans, but qualified for the medal battle based on her time.

Suzanne Schulting finished third in the 1500m final. © ANP

At last week’s World Cup in the Hungarian city of Debrecen, Schulting took four gold medals: in the 500, 1000 and 1500 meters and the relay with the women’s team. The Dutch previously won the 1500 meters at the World Cup in Japan.

For Schulting, who won four golds at the World Cup competitions in Debrecen last weekend, the 1000 meters and two relays now remain (with the women’s team and the mixed team).

Medal for Knegt

Sjinkie Knegt has again won an individual medal in the World Cup after more than three years of waiting. The 32-year-old short tracker rode to silver in the 1500 meters at the World Cup in Dordrecht, behind the Chinese Ziwei Ren, and crossed the finish line with a clenched fist.

The last time Knegt was on stage was in October 2018. In the meantime, De Fries was sidelined for a long time after an incident with a wood stove, in which he suffered serious burns.

Knegt had reached the final thanks to some nice overtaking actions in the semi-finals. He moved from fifth to first in the closing laps by passing his competitors on the outside and inside. In the final battle, Knegt only had to tolerate the Chinese Ren.

Watch Knegt’s response below:


Sjinkie Knegt in action in Dordrecht.
Sjinkie Knegt in action in Dordrecht. © ANP

After a fall, Schulting grabs the podium at 500 meters, Knegt takes first medal in three years | To skate
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