Dutch women dominate in skating allround world title competition

Dutch women dominate in skating allround world title competition

Dutch women dominated the world allround speed skating championships in Inzell, Germany over the weekend, claiming the gold, silver, and bronze medals. Joy Beune secured the gold medal in her first appearance in the allround competition, which includes races over four distances – 500, 1,500, 3,000, and 5,000 meters. Beune won all races except the shortest one. Marijke Groenewoud clinched the silver medal, while Antoinette Rijpma-de Jong took home the bronze, completing the Dutch sweep.

In the men’s competition, which consists of the 500, 1,500, 5,000, and 10,000 meters races, Patrick Roest won the silver medal behind 19-year-old American Jordan Stolz. Norway’s Hallgeir Engebraten secured third place. Roest had previously won the title in 2018, 2019, and 2020, and won silver in 2022, the last time the event took place.

Japan’s Miho Takagi, a favorite for the event, dropped out after the two sprint races, citing exhaustion. In the sprint event, Jenning de Boo won silver in the men’s event, while Femke Kok and Jutta Leerdam won silver and bronze respectively in the women’s event. The sprint competition involves the 500 and 1,000 meter races for both men and women.

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