Feb 05, 2023 at 2:23 PMUpdate: 4 minutes ago
Patrick Roest won his third title at the NK distances on Sunday. The 27-year-old skater settled the 10 kilometers in Thialf in a nice fight with defending champion Jorrit Bergsma and is the first man with a hat trick at the Dutch Championship in fourteen years. Kjeld Nuis took gold in the 1,000 meters for the sixth time in his career.
takes title Bergsma was continuously a little ahead of Roest in the first 8 kilometers, but the experienced Frisian had no answer to an impressive acceleration from his competitor in the final. Roest finished with four laps in 28 seconds and finished in 12.47.22. Bergsma captured silver in 12:50.88.
Kars Jansman took the bronze in 13:05.79. The Jumbo-Visma stayer beat his teammate Beau Snellink (13.05.98) in a direct duel with a small difference. Unlike Roest and Bergsma, Jansman is not allowed to go to the World Championship distances (2-5 March in Thialf), because there are not three, but two Dutch starting tickets for the 10 kilometers.
Roest was already the best in the 5 kilometers on Friday and on Saturday he won the 1,500 meters. De Lekkerkerker, who has never been Dutch champion in the 10 kilometers before, is the first man to win three titles at the NK distances since Sven Kramer in the 2008/2009 season. De Fries then also won the 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Last season there was a hat trick for the women (gold for Irene Schouten on the 3 and 5 kilometers and the mass start).
Roest has three starting tickets for the World Championship distances due to his strong NK. There is only a good chance that the all-rounder of Team Reggeborgh will skip the 1,500 meters. In the World Cup schedule, the skating mile is one and a half hours for the 10 kilometers. “I will probably be forced to make a choice that I actually do not want to make,” said Roest on Saturday.
Bergsma puts a line under a difficult period with his second NK medal and World Cup ticket. The seven-time Dutch champion in the 10 kilometers fell ill no less than three times in November and December, so he has not achieved many good results this winter. The addition of Jumbo-Visma seems to be in top shape just in time for the most important part of the season. He finished third in the 5 kilometers on Friday.
Kjeld Nuis took gold in the 1,000 meters for the sixth time in his career. Photo: Pro Shots
Nuis takes title at 1,000 meters
Kjeld Nuis won gold in the 1,000 meters. The three-time Olympic champion was four hundredths faster than his Team Reggeborgh teammate Hein Otterspeer with 1:08.04. Thomas Krol (1:08.37) won bronze.
Joep Wennemars was six hundredths short of a podium finish and finished fourth. With that he also grabbed next to a ticket for the World Cup distances. Merijn Scheperkamp (1:08.99) completed the top five.
Defending champion Kai Verbij did not participate in the NK. The 28-year-old skater from Jumbo-Visma reported on Wednesday with a groin injury and put an end to his season. Verbij will therefore not defend his world title in the 1,000 meters at the World Cup.
Later on Sunday, the last individual distance is scheduled for the 1,000 meters for women. The NK distances are concluded with the mass start for both the men (5.10 pm) and the women (5.31 pm).
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