Sven Kramer waiting for the Dutch Olympic speed skating team
Sven kramer, the most decorated male Olympic speed skater with nine medals, placed third in his only event at the Dutch Olympic speed skating trials.
He has to wait and see if it’s good enough to make a fifth and final Olympic team at 35.
Patrick roest, three-time all-round world champion, won the 5000m on the first day of testing. Jorrit Bergsma, the 2014 10,000m Olympic champion, followed, 2.49 seconds back.
Kramer, who has won the last three Olympic titles in the 5,000m, was 3.64 seconds ahead in a previous pair.
While the Netherlands can enter three men in the 5000m Olympic, a nation cannot enter more than nine speed skaters per gender in total in the Olympic Games.
With five individual races per gender, plus the mass start, that’s a problem. Only Roest has so far qualified for the Olympic team.
Bergsma occupies 11th place the matrix of the Dutch Olympic team, so he needs two male skaters to be part of the team in two events (or one in three). Kramer takes 14th place in the matrix with his third place, although he and Bergsma may also be part of the squad for the team pursuit.
Kramer was shown on camera banging his hand against a wall after Bergsma in the final pair pushed him from second to third. Later it was smile in a live interview on the Dutch broadcaster NOS, who reported that he expressed his confidence to be part of the team.
Kramer was a stranger going on trial. He underwent back surgery in the offseason and then finished fifth at the Dutch World Cup team practice in October.
He raced a World Cup, placing ninth in a 5000m B division before leaving the circuit to focus on training before the Olympic Trials.
Previously, the reigning Olympic champion in the women’s 1000m, Jorien ter Mors, failed to qualify for the Dutch team in this event.
Ter Mors, who in PyeongChang became the first woman to win Olympic medals in two different sports at the same Winter Games (short and long track speed skating), finished fifth in a race won by Jutta Leerdam. who has won silver and gold at the last two world championships.
Ter Mors, 32, was left out of this Olympic cycle due to ankle and knee injuries.
Ireen WÃ¼st, the most decorated Olympic speed skater with 11 medals, was third in the 1000m. She has to wait and see if there are enough places in the team’s general classification for her to qualify in this event, the shortest she runs.
WÃ¼st, a 35-year-old woman competing in her fifth Olympics, has her best event, the 1500m, on Wednesday.
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