Dec 01, 2023 at 8:31 PM Update: 3 minutes ago
Jutta Leerdam won the 1,000 meters at the World Cup in Stavanger on Friday. The Dutch thus recovered from the rare defeat she recently suffered in Beijing. Antoinette Rijpma-De Jong took bronze.
Leerdam took action in the final stage and clocked 1.15.26. She thus fell well below the time of Miho Takagi, who until then was the fastest with 1.15.52. Rijpma-De Jong took bronze: 1.15.74.
The 24-year-old Leerdam won the first World Cup race of the season in the 1,000 meters last month in Obihiro. She then had to settle for bronze in Beijing. Takagi was the best back then.
It was her first defeat for Leerdam after eighteen consecutive victories in the 1,000 meters, the distance at which she is a two-time world champion. “I’m not feeling well right now,” she said at the time.
It is the first time this World Cup season for Rijpma-De Jong that she is on the podium in the 1,000 meters. In Obihiro she did not get further than seventeenth place and in Beijing she finished fifth.
Later on Friday, the 1,000 meters for men and the mass start for both women and men are scheduled in Stavanger.
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