Takagi fastest at 1,500m at first World Cup, bronze for Groenewoud

After taking bronze in the 500m, Miho Takagi won the 1,500m gold medal at the World Cup competitions in Stavanger. With 1:56:55 he was by far the fastest on the field.

The best Dutch woman was Marijke Groenewoud with third place. Ragne Wiklund took the silver medal after surprisingly defeating Irene Schouten in the 3,000m on Friday.

Takagi, 28, decided to train not with the Japanese national team, but with Dutch coach Johan de Wit at Elfstedenhal in Leeuwarden. De Wit left the Japanese federation after a successful streak with multiple Olympic and world titles.

However, Takagi wanted to continue training under De Wit, otherwise he could have ended his skating career. This is how the “Miho Team” was born. At Stavanger, Takagi showed in form early in the season. He won the World Cup gold medal in the 1,500 meters for the fourteenth time in his career.

Groenewoud the best Dutch

Groenewoud, who surprisingly finished fifth in the middle distance in the games in Beijing, became the first player to dive under two minutes. He opposed Li Qishi and faced a lot of resistance from the Chinese. In the final round alone, the 23-year-old Dutchman ended up with a time of 1:58:19.

  • Ice skating program Stavanger
  • Ice skating program Stavanger

Antoinette Rijpma-de Jong, who won the bronze medal at the Olympics last winter, finished fifth in the first World Cup of the season with 1,58.52.

Jutta Leerdam won silver in the 500m on Friday, but didn’t play a major role in the 1500m. She competed in the second part of the race and finished tenth with a time of 1:59.56. Joy Beune finished seventh with a time of 1:58.87.

Source: NOS