POSTED: Sunday December 7th 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating –Changchun (CHN)

The sprinters came together for the first real sprint World Cup of the season.

The fourth of nine events in the
Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating series concluded in Changchun (CHN)
on Sunday after a week-end of fast competition.

 

In the indoor oval of Changchun, North-East China,
the sprinters came together for the first real sprint World Cup of the
season. This oval was opened in 2007 and looks like a replica of the
Olympic Oval of Salt Lake City. Track records were improved, and the
500m saw it’s first sub-35 with the men, and it’s first sub-38 with the
ladies.

 
 
Ladies

On the 500m, Jenny Wolf won both races. Her traditional rival Beixing Wang (CHN) had decided to stay home in Calgary
to train in pursuit of the World Sprint title.Wolf’s times were 38.09
and a new track record of 37.98, with a 10.18 opening. The old record
was Wang’s. The German has now a firm lead with 5 wins out of 6 races.

 

On Saturday, Sang-Hwa Lee (KOR), so
far always third, finished in second place in 38.71 and Annette
Gerritsen (NED) reached the podium with 38.86. The B-division however
was won by Chinese Jing Yu with 38.78, which would have brought her to
the podium had she skated in Division A.

 

On Sunday Gerritsen managed to beat
Sang-Hwa Lee for the first time this season, and finished second in
38.52 after her fastest 100m opening ever, 10.33. She was 0.04 faster
than Lee’s 38.56.

 

Christine Nesbitt had won both 1000m races this season, but was absent in China. But there are more strong 1000m skaters in Canada,
and Kristina Groves (CAN) took over the lead in the ranking with her
win on Sunday, in 1:18.18, but barely, only 0.02 second faster than her
team mate Shannon Rempel. Third place finisher was young Dutch Laurine
van Riessen in 1:18.48.

 

She was happy to skate well after a
few weeks of rest for the sprinters. Her joy grew the next day, when
for the first time her name was on top, after a track record time of
1:17.25, well ahead of Kristina Groves (1:17.80) and Shannon Rempel
(1:18.27). The others were all slower than 1:19 except Jing Yu, winner
of the B-division.

 

In the 100m the final was contended
between Jenny Wolf, Sang-Hwa Lee and Aihua Xing, the Chinese who was
fourth on the 500 meters. Shihomi Shinya and Jing Yu, who had qualified
with a faster 100m than Lee and Xing came through slower in the semis.
Wolf won in 10.23, Aihua Xing finished second in 10.27 and Lee third in
10.67.

 
 
Men

The leader in the ranks, Finnish
Pekka Koskela, was not in China but in Japan already preparing for next
week’s World Cup event in Nagano. Various skaters compete for the
podium, and for the first time this season home favorite Fengtong Yu
managed to come out strongest and take over the overall lead. His time
was even a track record, 34.97. Japan’s Keiichiro Nagashima was second with 35.08 and Korean Kyou-Hyuk Lee made a come-back to the podium with 35.27.

 

Dmitrij Lobkov was disqualified in
the first race because of a second false start, but in the Sunday race
where he started early, his 35.07 was not bettered anymore. The ice was
not favouring the light gliders as much as the strong skaters, which
was just right for the Russian.

Fengtong Yu came closest with 35.09
and Nagashima was third with 35.20. Thus Lobkov became the fifth 500m
winner in six races this season.

 
After this weekend, Yu leads with 446 points, then follow Nagashima, 387, and Mika Poutala (FIN), 330, then Lobkov, 321.
 

So far in the 1000m, Shani Davis
(USA) and Stefan Groothuis (NED) had both one win, and Shani Davis was
the leader, with 180 points. This weekend he finished on the podium
again, with a third (1:10.32) and a second place (1:09.99). He thus
kept his leading position, with 330 points. Stefan Groothuis is still
second with 295, finishing second and third with 1:10.15 and 1:10.01
respectively. The win went both days to a different skater. On Saturday
World Sprint Champion Kyou-Hyuk Lee proved that he can still win, when
he shattered his track record and brought it to 1:09.68. The 1000m of
Sunday went to Simon Kuipers, who was a bit disappointed a day earlier.
His winning time was 1:09.83. On Sunday Lee, in a direct duel with
Groothuis, finished just outside the podium with 1:10.02. Simon Kuipers
is third overall with 280 points.

 

In the 100m, Yuya Oikawa was best.
He had the fastest qualifying time with 9.41 and won the finals in
9.45. Nobody else came below the 9.5 at all. Fengtong Yu, with the
second qualifying time, 9.52, lost the A-final and finished third in
9.89. Kang-Seok Lee finished second. He managed a 9.53 in the semi
finals and had 9.61 in the final race.

 
 
Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating –Changchun (CHN) - Medal Winners
 

Saturday

500m Ladies

                                                                                                                                       
1
       
Jenny Wolf
       
GER
       
38.09
       
2
       
Sang-Hwa Lee
       
KOR
       
38.71
       
3
       
Annette Gerritsen
       
NED
       
38.86
       
500m Men

                                                                                                                                       
1
       
Fengtong Yu
       
CHN
       
34.97 TR
       
2
       
Keiichiro Nagashima
       
JPN
       
35.08
       
3
       
Kyou-Hyuk Lee
       
KOR
       
35.27
       
1000m Ladies

                                                                                                                                       
1
       
Kristina Groves
       
CAN
       
1:18.18
       
2
       
Shannon Rempel
       
CAN
       
1:18.20
       
3
       
Laurine van Riessen
       
NED
       
1:18.48
       
1000m Men

                                                                                                                                       
1
       
Kyou-Hyuk Lee
       
KOR
       
1:09.68 TR
       
2
       
Stefan Groothuis
       
NED
       
1:10.15
       
3
       
Shani Davis
       
USA
       
1:10.32
       
Sunday
500m Ladies

                                                                                                                                       
1
       
Jenny Wolf
       
GER
       
37.98 TR
       
2
       
Annette Gerritsen
       
NED
       
38.52
       
3
       
Sang-Hwa Lee
       
KOR
       
38.56
       
500m Men

                                                                                                                                       
1
       
Dmitrij Lobkov
       
RUS
       
35.07
       
2
       
Fengtong Yu
       
CHN
       
35.09
       
3
       
Keiichiro Nagashima
       
JPN
       
35.20
       
1000m Ladies

                                                                                                                                       
1
       
Laurine van Riessen
       
NED
       
1:17.25 TR
       
2
       
Kristina Groves
       
CAN
       
1:17.80
       
3
       
Shannon Rempel
       
CAN
       
1:18.27
       
1000m Men

                                                                                                                                       
1
       
Simon Kuipers
       
NED
       
1:09.83
       
2
       
Shani Davis
       
USA
       
1:09.99
       
3
       
Stefan Groothuis
       
NED
       
1:10.01
       
100m Ladies

                                                                                                                                       
1
       
Jenny Wolf
       
GER
       
10.23
       
2
       
Aihua Xing
       
CHN
       
10.27
       
3
       
Sang-Hwa Lee
       
KOR
       
10.67
       
100m Men

                                                                                                                                       
1
       
Yuya Oikawa
       
JPN
       
9.45
       
2
       
Kang-Seok Lee
       
KOR
       
9.61
       
3
       
Fengtong Yu
       
CHN
       
9.89
       
 

For details of the Essent ISU World Cup, including complete results see www.isu.org

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