American super talent Jordan Stolz won the 1,500 meters at the first World Cup competition in Stavanger on Friday with a great display of power. The Dutch disappointed on the skating mile. The national coach, Rintje Ritsma, made his debut with silver in the team pursuit.
The eighteen-year-old Stolz raced to 1.44.89 on the Norwegian lowland track and was therefore a snap faster than the track record of Denis Yuskov. Canadian Connor Howe came second in 1.46.66 and gave way to the American. China’s Ning Zhongyan finished third in 1.46.69.
The Dutch were completely disappointing in Stavanger. Patrick Roest did well with a seventh place in 1.47.25, while Wesly Dijs finished ninth in 1.47.37. The two-time world champion Thomas Krol was only sixteenth in 1.48.37, just behind Louis Hollaar (1.48.07).
Stolz has been considered an up-and-coming talent since his juniors. At the beginning of this year, as a seventeen-year-old, he participated in the Winter Games in Beijing, where he had not yet been able to break any pots. Stolz, who specializes in shorter distances, is now the man to beat in skating.
Uitslag 1.500 meter mannen
- 1. Jordan Stolz (VS) 1.44,89
- 2. Connor Howe (Can) 1.46,66
- 3. Zhongyan Ning (Chi) 1.46,69
- 4. Peder Kongshaug (Noo) 1.46,76
- 5. Kazuya Yamada (Jap) 1.46,91
- 7. Patrick Roest (Ned) 1.47.25
- 9. Wesly Dijs (Ned) 1.47,37
- 15. Louis Hollaar (Ned) 1.48,07
- 16. Thomas Krol (Ned) 1.48,37
Ritsma second in team pursuit debut
In the team pursuit, the Dutch team finished second. Marcel Bosker, Patrick Roest, and Beau Snellink recorded 3.44.62. So they were six tenths slower than the American formation. Ethan Cepuran, Casey Dawson and Emery Lehman took gold in 3.44.02.
The World Cup match in Stavanger was the debut of national coach Ritsma. The Frisian skating icon was appointed at the beginning of last month. Earlier this year, the Netherlands disappointed in the team pursuit at the Winter Games in Beijing. Ritsma must turn that tide.
Jutta Leerdam won the silver medal in the 500 meters earlier in the day. In the 3,000 meters there was a surprise victory for Ragne Wiklund, who beat triple Olympic champion Irene Schouten.
Uitslag ploegenachtervolging mannen
- 1. Verenigde Staten 3.44,02
- 2. Nederland 3.44,62
- 3. Noorwegen 3.45,43