Dec 01, 2023 at 8:31 PM Update: 2 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. Kjeld Nuis also won gold in the men’s 1,000 meters.
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. Antoinette 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.
Nuis records second victory in a row
Among the men, Nuis was one of the few who dipped below 1.09. The three-time Olympic champion recorded 1.08.76. Tatsuya Shinhama from Japan recorded 1.08.88 and took silver. His compatriot Kazuya Yamada took the bronze: 1.09.10.
Nuis also won gold in the 1,000 meters at the previous World Cup in Beijing. On behalf of the Netherlands, Jenning de Boo (fifth in 1.09.24) and Tim Prins (ninth in 1.09.49) and Tijmen Snel (thirteenth in 1.09.82) also took action in Stavanger.
The mass start for both women and men is scheduled for later on Friday in Stavanger.
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