Who are the favorites for Helsinki, based on the World Junior Championships last season?

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?

CHANGCHUN, CHINA - MARCH 12: Benjamin Donnelly of Canada competes in the Men 1000m on day one of the ISU Junior Speed Skating Championships 2016 at the Jilin Speed Skating OVAL on March 12, 2016 in Changchun, China. (Photo by Xiaolu Chu - ISU/ISU)

CHANGCHUN, CHINA – MARCH 12: Benjamin Donnelly of Canada competes in the Men 1000m on day one of the ISU Junior Speed Skating Championships 2016 (Photo by Xiaolu Chu – ISU)

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).

 

CHANGCHUN, CHINA - MARCH 12: Elizaveta Kazelina of Russia competes in the Ladies 3000m on day one of the ISU Junior Speed Skating Championships 2016 at the Jilin Speed Skating OVAL on March 12, 2016 in Changchun, China. (Photo by Xiaolu Chu - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)

CHANGCHUN, CHINA – MARCH 12: Elizaveta Kazelina of Russia competes in the Ladies 3000m on day one of the ISU Junior Speed Skating Championships 2016 (Photo by Xiaolu Chu – ISU)

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
Changchun, China
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

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