Patrick Roest won the national title in the 1,500 meters on Friday. The skater of Team Reggeborgh surprised reigning champion Thomas Krol and Kjeld Nuis in Thialf, who completed the podium.
Roest raced to a time of 1.44.55 in Heerenveen and thus stayed ahead of his competitors. It is the first time that Roest has won the title at this distance at the Dutch National Championships. On Friday he already captured gold in the 5 kilometers.
Reigning world champion Krol (1.44.86) and Olympic champion Nuis (1.44.89) seemed to be fighting for the title in a direct duel, but both failed to beat Roest’s time.
Krol can defend the world title from 2 to 5 March in Thialf. The top 3 can in principle count on a ticket for the World Cup.
Wesly Dijs ended up just off the podium. The 27-year-old skater of Team Reggeborgh clocked a time of 1.45.01. He may still hope for a starting ticket for the World Cup. Roest is not yet sure whether he will use his place, because the 10,000 meters is on the same day.
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