Last season, the ISU World Junior Speed skating Championships were held in Changchun, China. Almost all of the champions competed in the junior level for their last season, and thus, will not be competing in Helsinki. It is interesting to see which of the former challengers will take the lead the coming season.
Looking only at the Championship results, you can speculate the favorites for the coming season.
Favorites for allround from Korea, Norway and Canada?
In the allround, Canadian Benjamin Donnelly became the champion in men. It was his last year in the junior level, and he won’t be seen in Helsinki. The silver medalist, Korean Min-Seok Kim however, has still two years left in the junior level and is the absolute favorite for the coming season. Marcel Bosker from the Netherlands took the bronze medal but will no longer be in the junior level the coming season. Based on championships in Changchun, top competitors for Kim are Hyun Min Oh from Korea (5th in the allround) and Allan Dahl Johansson from Norway (7th in allround).
In the ladies, Elizaveta Kazelina from Russia, took the gold medal. Like Donnelly, she will no longer be in the junior level the coming season. However, silver medalist Mei Han from China will still continue in the junior level and so will the bronze medalist Ji Woo Park from Korea. Top candidates to challenge Park and Han are Béatrice Lamarche from Canada (5th in the allround) and Chae-Rin Eom from Korea (8th in the allround).
In the next articles you can read our speculation about the single distances and team events.
ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships
11th-13th March 2016
Men, Allround results – Allround
1 Benjamin Donnelly CAN [36.72(3) 1:48.56(2) 1:10.85(1) 6:33.84(1)] 147,715
2 Min-Seok Kim KOR [37.03(9) 1:48.46(1) 1:10.98(2) 6:35.20(2)] 148,193
3 Marcel Bosker NED [37.36(14) 1:50.28(3) 1:12.45(8) 6:36.83(3)] 150,028
Ladies, Allround results – Allround
1 Elizaveta Kazelina RUS [39.79(2) 2:00.68(1) 1:18.30(1) 4:15.90(1)] 161,816
2 Mei Han CHN [39.79(1) 2:02.63(4) 1:19.55(2) 4:20.94(6)] 163,931
3 Ji Woo Park KOR [40.68(7) 2:02.95(5) 1:19.57(3) 4:16.54(2)] 164,204