He tried again, but Roest “finally” took that big title in the five kilometers

Patrick Roest’s patience was tested at length. First there was this Norwegian, then this bracelet, and then this Swede who saved him from an individual world championship in the five kilometers. But it was still working on a Thursday evening in March 2023.

“I don’t have it yet,” the world champion grumbled after the lap of honor. “I finally got it. I’m glad that all the stories from other championships can be forgotten.”

Roest refers to 2019, when Norway’s Sverre Lunde Pedersen snatched the gold from Roest’s nose. And in 2020, Ted-Jan Bloemen was disqualified when he was faster and Roest forgot to wear his bracelet. And 2021 and 2022, when Nils van der Poel is hard to understand.

In the race before Roest hit the ice, a new torturer seemed to emerge in Heerenveen, Davide Ghiotto. The Italian started off like crazy with 28-second laps, just under Roest’s track record of 6:04:36.

“That shocked me too,” Roest looked back. “Because if he comes by car, he’ll be gone by March 6. I thought you were riding bravely.”

A younger Roest may have gone mad with the Italian’s sheer onslaught, but Roest, 27, has whispered to himself several times over the past few days: “Control yourself.” And it worked.

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When it became clear that he could not see the end of Ghiotto, Roest knew what to do. He did a straight lap schedule of about 29 seconds, which gave him some room in the end. Normally it wasn’t a big task for Roest, but he still fought.

“I really had to give a lot. It was really tough, even that lap of honor. It was incredibly difficult. Today I really understood everything.” After that, they knew their legs were very tired in the mixed zone where Roest was flat. He sat down to talk to the press.

“The lap times were not easy. But I managed to keep them nice and straight. Especially under these conditions.”

So Roest got off to a good start within World Cup distance. The question now is what the rest of his days will be like. Because it can still drive 1,500 meters and 10,000 meters. The only problem is: they’re in the same day. Can this be done, first a grueling mile and then ten kilometers?

“What I’m feeling right now is not very wise. If I feel like this after 1,500 meters, I can forget about ten kilometers.”

hundreds of gold

Erben Wennemars, who is not against a heroic saga, said that a true champion has only lasted twice at the NOS studio. “I think the Wennemars competed a little less than me in all-round tournaments,” Roest smiled. “I’ll draw my own map and it’s probably only ten kilometers.”

Roest’s gold medal had a diamond edge because it’s a Dutch skater’s 100th gold medal in World Championship distance. “It’s nice that it’s 100th, but I’m especially happy that it’s my first.”

Source: NOS