POSTED: Monday March 2nd 2009
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ISU Junior World Cup Final–Groningen (NED)

The ISU Junior World Cup circuit was inaugurated this season and included events in Inzell (GER), Asker (NOR) and Collalbo (ITA)

 
The first international World Cup series for junior speed skaters concluded this weekend in the semi-covered ice rink of Groningen, Netherlands.
 
The ISU Junior World Cup circuit was inaugurated this season and included events in Inzell (GER), Asker (NOR) and Collalbo (ITA) before this weekend’s Final in Groningen (NED). Skaters also earned points at the ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships 2009 in Zakopane (POL) in February.  
 
Ladies
In the 500m ladies, Olga Fatkulina from Russia was the strongest. She won all but the first race and gathered 980 points. In second place finished Yekaterina Aydova from Kazakhstan with 608 points, and Japanese Nishita finished third with 420, only one point ahead of German Katya Franzen, who had won the first race. The Japanese only raced in Zakopane and Groningen but a steady third place behind Fatkulina and Aydova was enough for a third overall.
 
Fatkulina finished in second place on the 1000m, where she held the lead until this weekend. World Junior Champion Roxanne van Hemert (NED) beat her on the final 1000m and that was enough for her to win the Junior World Cup 1000m with 480 points over 475 for Fatkulina. In third place finished Norwegian Hege Bøkko who always made the podium in this distance. Czech Karolina Erbanová had been close until the last race, where she got disqualified because of a bad crossing.
 
Roxanne van Hemert won also the 1500m ladies with 480 points. Yvonne Nauta (NED) finished in second place, overtaking Erbanová in the final race. Both skaters had 400 points, but Nauta was given second because she had won the race in Asker, Erbanová took the bronze, fourth place was her compatriot Andrea Jirkú.
 
Nauta did win the 3000m, with 400 points, winning in Asker as well as Zakopane and Groningen. Andrea Jirkú won in Nauta’s absence in Collalbo and finished second in Groningen, she has 357 points. Jennifer Bay from Germany finished third overall with 260 points.
 
In the Team Pursuit, the Dutch ladies, who are the world champions, won. Just like the men, they also missed the first race, but the Germans, who were leading with 40 points over the Dutch, finished only in third, just behind the Russian team in the final race, which was enough for the Dutch to win the Junior World Cup with 300 points. The German ladies had 295 and Russia was third with 265.
 
Men
In the same way as Olga Fatkulina dominated the ladies’ sprinting, Italian Jan Dalossi dominated the men’s. When he skated, he always made the podium both on the 500 and the 1000m. On the last 500m however, a skater in the pair before him had damaged the ice and it took 10 minutes to repair, and the Italian finished fourth. Daldossi: “I was ready to skate when there was a break, and that cost me a good result. I’m still happy as I only needed 10 points to win this World Cup.” He won with 600 points, followed by two skaters from Kazakhstan, Roman Krech with 475 points and Alexej Bondarchuk, with 470.
On the 1000m, Daldossi won as well, collecting 550 points. Bondarchuk was second here with 313 points, followed by Fyodor Mezentsev (also KAZ), 282 points and then Krech, 260.
World Champion Koen Verweij had to withdraw this last weekend as he had had a non-sports related accident which left him with 7 stitches in his finger and was advised not to race.
Pim Cazemier from the Netherlands won both the 1500m and the combined 3000/5000. On the 1500m he finished second this last race, behind Kjeld Nuis (NED) who was injured in the first half of the season, but won both in Collalbo and in Groningen, in a track record time (even for seniors) of 1:49.82. Cazemier had 430 points, Sverre Lunde Pedersen (NOR) finished enough higher than Jan Daldossi to gather the exact same amount of 332 points, but thanks to his win in Inzell, Lunde Pedersen (full last name) got the silver, Daldossi got a bronze for his third medal.
On the long distance, Cazemier won with 450 points, with two second places and two wins. Lunde Pedersen moved up to his next silver medal thanks to the absence of Verweij. He had 320 points. In third place, also passing Verweij, finished Patrick Beckert (GER) with 265 points.
In the team pursuit, the German men won the cup. The Germans finished in second place three times in a row, which brought them 320 points. The Dutch won twice, and were absent for the first of the three team pursuit events, and therefore had 300 points, which brought them to the second place. The Norwegian team, who won the first event, finished third with 265 points, 10 ahead of the Italians.
 
There were 14 Track records (for Junior A and Junior B) and 80 pbs.
 
The series gives young speed skaters a platform at top international junior level and was well received by coaches and skaters. In the ISU Junior World Cup series the participants are either A or B juniors, which means that they are in the last four years of being eligible to participate at junior level (aged 15-19 years). They skate all in one division, and the program includes 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 3000m as well as the Team Pursuit for both men and ladies. For the men the 3000m is at times replaced by the 5000m. The ladies skate 6 laps in the Team Pursuit and the men skate 8 laps. The event is supported by ISU\‘s Development Program and prize money is awarded for the three best skaters or teams in the final overall classification of each distance/event.
 
ISU Junior World Cup – Groningen (NED), February 28- March 1 - Medal Winners
 
500m Ladies                                                                                     Points
1
Olga Fatkulina
RUS
980
2
Yekaterina Aydova
KAZ
368
3
Yukana Nishina
JPN
323
1000m Ladies
1
Roxanne van Hemert
NED
480
2
Olga Fatkulina
RUS
475
2
Hege Bøkko
NOR
395
1500m Ladies
1
Roxanne van Hemert
NED
480
2
Yvonne Nauta
NED
400
3
Karolina Erbanová
CZE
400
3000m Ladies
1
Yvonne Nauta
NED
400
2
Andrea Jirkú
CZE
357
2
Jennifer Bay
GER
260
Team Pursuit Ladies
1
The Netherlands
NED
300
2
Germany
GER
295
3
Russia
RUS
265
 
500m Men
1
Jan Daldossi
ITA
600
2
Roman Krech
KAZ
475
3
Aleksej Bondarchuk
KAZ
470
1000m Men
1
Jan Daldossi
ITA
550
2
Aleksej Bondarchuk
KAZ
313
2
Fyodor Mezentsev
KAZ
282
1500m Men
1
Pim Cazemier
NED
430
2
Sverre Lunde Pedersen
NOR
332
3
Jan Daldossi
ITA
332
3/5000m Men
1
Pim Cazemier
NED
450
2
Sverre Lunde Pedersen
NOR
320
3
Patrick Beckert
GER
265
Team Pursuit Men
1
Germany
GER
320
2
The Netherlands
NED
300
3
Norway
NOR
265
 
For details of the Essent ISU World Cup, including complete results see www.isu.org .

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Keywords · The ISU Junior World Cup · Inzell (GER) · Asker (NOR) · Collalbo (ITA) · ice skating


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