The Dutch won gold again on the final day of the International Skating Union (ISU) World Junior Championships at the Arena Lodowa in Tomaszów Mazowiecki in Poland.
The Netherlands trio of Femke Kok, Robin Groot and Merel Conijn have been in tremendous form at the Championships and added another medal to their haul with gold in the team pursuit.
The favourites prevailed by over three seconds in a time of 3min 08.736sec, ahead of Japan who overhauled a quick start by Russia to take the silver ahead of them with the Russians well in front of fourth place Canada for the bronze.
However, in the men’s equivalent, Daniil Aldoshkin, Stepan Chistiakov and Pavel Taran flipped the podium around as they claimed gold for Russia in a time of 3:52.391.
The medals were less straightforward than the women’s event when all three top teams exchanged the lead throughout while Norway and the United States were also in medal positions throughout their runs.
Eventually, with a lap to go, Russia took the lead away from Japan who led for a long period, while The Netherlands, who at the halfway point were fifth, had a tremendous last lap to win bronze ahead of Norway who were as high as second during the race.
Kok added a second gold on the day in the women’s team sprint, alongside team-mates Myrthe de Boer and Marit Fledderus by a large margin in a time of 1:30.605.
Femke Kok 🇳🇱 repeats as junior World All Round champion, taking the gold in Poland 🇵🇱! Kok finished ahead of teammate Robin Groot 🇳🇱 and Canada’s 🇨🇦 Alexa Scott to succesfully defend her World junior title. #speedskating #juniorworlds pic.twitter.com/vyO5iA6GES— ISU Speed Skating (@ISU_Speed) February 22, 2020
It was a very close battle between the silver and bronze medallists as Russia were less than a tenth of a second ahead of South Korea to round off the podium with Japan and Poland close behind.
In the men’s sprint, there was once again an inverse of the women’s podium as South Korea were over a second ahead of silver medallists Russia for the win.
The Netherlands were third throughout their run and never looked like losing it, finishing ahead of Japan.
Groot would win again in the women’s mass start to take another gold at the Championships after winning the final sprint for the 30 points.
She was joined on the podium by her team-mate Merel Conijn who finished third in the final sprint just ahead of South Korea’s Sol Lee.
Sandwiching the two Dutch athletes was Italy’s Laura Peveri, winning the silver medal.
In the men’s mass start, Japan’s Tsubasa Horikawa added another medal to his tally after winning the gold medal in the final sprint.
Austria’s Gabriel Odor won the silver on a photo finish with South Korea’s Shin Jae-wan, who took the bronze ahead of Norway’s Peder Kongshaug.