The Netherlands claimed two medal sweeps on the first day of the International Skating Union European Speed Skating Championships on home ice in Heerenveen.
Action took places across the allround and sprint disciplines with home athletes impressing, particularly in the men’s and women’s 1000m, where they took a clean sweep of the medals.
The first four events came in the allround discipline, with the women’s 500m won by Karolina Bosiek of Poland in a personal best of 38.68sec.
Silver went to Elizaveta Golubeva of Russia in 38.84 with bronze going to Antoinette De Jong of the Netherlands in 38.89.
The men’s 500m title went to Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway in 36.25, with silver going to Patrick Roest of the Netherlands in 36.39 and bronze to fellow Norwegian Hallgeir Engebraten with a personal best of 36.67.
The Netherlands claimed their first gold on home ice in the women’s 3000m which was won by Irene Schouten in 3min 57.95sec.
Natalia Voronina of Russia took silver in 3:58.62 while De Jong claimed her second bronze of the day in a time of 4:02.19.
There was more Dutch gold in the men’s 5000m thanks to three times world allround champion Patrick Roest in a time of 6:10.25, with silver going to Nils van der Poel of Sweden in a personal best time of 6:13.03, and the bronze won by fellow Dutchman Marcel Bosker in 6:15.81.
Action in Thialf-hal then moved on to the sprint discipline, with ladies 500m gold going to Angelina Golikova of Russia in 37.27.
The silver medal went to Femke Kok of the Netherlands in 37.52 with the bronze won by Vanessa Herzog of Austria in 37.56.
In the men’s 500m the gold went to Viktor Mushtakov of Russia in 34.69, with silver going to Joel Dufter of Germany in a personal best of 34.79 and bronze to Hein Otterspeer of the Netherlands in 34.85.
The final two events of the day were the 1000m and it saw Dutch domination as they took clean sweeps across both genders.
In the women’s event, gold went to Jorien ter Mors in 1:14.10, with silver to Jutta Leerdam in 1:14.15 and Femke Kok claiming her second medal of the day, a bronze, in 1:14.62.
The men’s event saw gold going to Thomas Krol in 1:07.49, with silver won by Kai Verbij in 1:08.17 and Hein Otterspeer taking bronze in 1:08.27.
Eight more races are scheduled tomorrow, in the allround discipline in the women’s and men’s 1500m, the ladies 5000m and the men’s 10,000m, and in the sprint discipline over 500m and 1000m for both genders.
Heading into day two, De Jong holds the lead overall in the women’s allround while Roest leads the men’s allround overall.
In the sprint disciplines, Krol leads overall in the men’s event while Golikova leads overall in the women’s event.
The Championships are the first of four international events in five weeks in the Heerenveen speed skating hub.
Strict coronavirus protocols are in place and all the action is taking place behind closed doors.