Netherlands took a fairly peaceful start in Team Pursuit but during the race they built an impressive winning margin of 2.61 seconds. The squad included skaters Sanne In’t Hof, Joy Beune and Jutta Leerdam. So medals just keep on raining for these athletes. Silver medal went to Japan.
Team Canada was slightly behind Italy and the bronze went to the same Italian squad as in yesterday’s Team Sprint. Noemi Bonazza, Chiara Cristelli and Deborah Grisenti were clearly happy with their second medal position in the championships.
Team Japan included skaters Kanako Ijima, Moe Kitahara and Yuna Yoshimura. Head coach Keiji Shirahata told that the race went quite as expected. He said that the championships have been alright for their team. According to Shirahata there have been some disappointments but in overall the results have been pretty decent.
Shirahata also mentioned that his team practices quite often in outdoor conditions.
-Only problem has been the wet ice but outdoor skating as such hasn’t been a problem, Shirahata says.
In men’s team pursuit Japan was really solid and took the gold medal. Winning team skaters were Aoi Yokoyama, Riku Tsuchiya and Riki Hayashi. Team Netherlands couldn’t match Japan’s pace but continued country’s medal streak and became second with a lineup; Tijmen Snel, Marwin Talsma, Chris Huizinga.
Bronze medal went to Norway. Allan Dahl Johansson, Magnus Bakken Haugli and Vetle Stangelan were 4.44 seconds behind the Japanese winning team. Team pursuit medal was fourth for Allan Dahl Johansson in the championships.