It’s not over yet . After the spectacle of the Winter Olympics in Beijing (China) , the show must go on for speed skating leaders. The reference is to the Sprint and Allround World Championships which will start from today and will end on Sunday 6 March on the ice oval of Hamar (Norway) .
In the competition that requires versatility and consistency, from 500 to 10,000 meters for men and from 500 to 5000 meters for women (Allround), which ones will be favorites and favorites?
Among the women, a confrontation is expected between the Dutch Irene Schouten and the Japanese Miho Takagi . After winning the silver in the 500 meters and gold in the 1000 meters at the Winter Games in China, the Japanese could have been the candidate for success in the “Sprint competition” of this review, confirming the title won in Hamar. two years ago. However, the aims are other and we want to throw the gauntlet to Schouten, who is an athlete with completely different characteristics. The Dutchwoman took gold in Five Circles in the 3000 and 5000 meters, between the classic distances, and won the mass start. Therefore, your credentials are definitely important. However, staying in the orange house, pay attention to Antoinette de Jong , capable of winning last year’s continental Allround title and putting Schouten behind him. The 26-year-old Dutchwoman showed clear signs of versatility in Beijing, with the bronze in the 1500 meters, the eighth place in the 3000 meters and the fifth in the 1000 meters.
Then there is Francesca Lollobrigida . The Roman, fresh from an extraordinary Olympic experience (silver in the 3000 meters and bronze in the mass start), wants to continue to amaze. The “Lollo”, taking advantage of the great improvements made in the classic specialties, can aspire to the top positions. If you go to look at the placings at the Games, you can read: sixth in the 1500 meters; second in 3000 meters and fourth in 5000 meters with a crazy and crumbled national record compared to the previous one . To understand, what will be Francesca’s physical condition and if the Olympic efforts will weigh on her head and legs.
On the male side , Dutchman Patrick Roest aims to conquer the fourth consecutive Allround world title , after the seals of 2018, 2019 and 2020. The 26-year-old Dutchman is determined to follow in the footsteps of the infinite Sven Kramer, capable of winning nine world titles between 2007 and 2017. A Kramer who will not be in Hamar, after competing for the last time at the international level in the Olympic mass start. Here Roest will have to beware of the Swedish ace Nils van der Poel , twice gold at the Games in the 5000 and 10000 meters, with a space world record in the latter specialty. A race, that of 10 km, in which Davide Ghiotto was able to take on bronze (Italian record attached) and for this reason he hopes to do well.