New favorite candidates from Minsk

The first ISU event for junior skaters this season, ISU Junior World Cup competition, was arranged in Minsk, Belarus, last week end. The North American skaters were missing from the participant lists but Asian skaters were present in the competition.

Both men and ladies skated 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m and 3000 m. Men won’t skate 3000 m in the ISU World Juniors Speed Skating Champions but 5000 m instead.

Many known favorites ruled in ladies

MINSK, BELARUS - NOVEMBER 26: Rio Yamada of Japan competes in Junior Ladies 1000m during day one of ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating at Minsk Arena on November 26, 2016 in Minsk, Belarus. (Photo by Joosep Martinson -

 MINSK, BELARUS - NOVEMBER 26: Alemasi Kahanbai of China competes in Junior Men's 3000m during day one of ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating at Minsk Arena on November 26, 2016 in Minsk, Belarus. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - ©ISU )

Rio Yamada of Japan
competes in Junior Ladies 1000m during day one of ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating at Minsk Arena (Photo by Joosep Martinson -©ISU )

In ladies, Daria Kachanova from Russia, ruled 1000 m (1:17,63) with almost 1 second difference to second fastest skater: Nan Sun from China (1:18,61) on Saturday. Both of them were mentioned as favorites for 1000 m in the ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships, in the earlier articles published on this site. Japanese skater Rio Yamada became third (1:19,02). She ranked 9th on 1000 m in the World Junior Championships last season.

On 3000 m the top 3 skaters weren’t previously mentioned as favorites for Helsinki. Polish Karolina Bosiek was the winner (4:16,02), Japanese Yuna Yoshimura was second (4:18,67) and Austrian Viola Feichtner third (4:21,86). Earlier listed favorite candidate Sanne In t’ Hof from the Netherlands was fourth (4:22,76). Bosiek was 16th in the World Junior Championships last season, Feichter was 10th and Yoshimura didn’t attend.

The second day of the Junior World Cup started with 500 m distance. In ladies, Daria Kachanova was the fastest (38,39) as expected based on last season, Nan Sun became second (39,36) and Rio Yamada was third 39,47. Yamada was 14th in the World Junior Championships last season and therefore a new candidate for a favorite on 500 m.

On 1500 m, it was Kachanova again who ruled (2.00,35). Italian skater Noemi Bonazza was second (2.01,29) and Nan Sun third (2.01,45). Bonazza was 13th and Sun 18th in the last season’s World Junior Championships. Earlier mentioned favorites Mei Han from China and Ji Woo Park from Korea didn’t skate in Minsk.

A lot of new favorites in men

In men, the top 6 skaters on 1000 m didn’t include any of the previously mentioned favorite candidates. The Japanese skater Koki Kubo was the fastest (1:11,46), Odin By Farstad from Norway was second (1:12;20) and Chinese Tao Yang was third (1:12,30). The competition was tight: altogether 8 skaters skated under 1:13. In the World Junior Championships 2016, Kubo didn’t attend, Farstad was 27th and Yang was 18th.

MINSK, BELARUS - NOVEMBER 26: Alemasi Kahanbai of China competes in Junior Men's 3000m during day one of ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating at Minsk Arena on November 26, 2016 in Minsk, Belarus. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - ©ISU )

Alemasi Kahanbai of China competes in Junior Men’s 3000m during day one of ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating at Minsk Arena (Photo by Joosep Martinson – ©ISU )

On 3000 m, the top 6 skaters in Minsk included 3 of the earlier listed favorites for 5000 m. Alemasi Kahanbai from China was the fastest (3:51,08), Chris Huizinga from the Netherlands was third (3:51,78) and Hyun-Min Oh from Korea was 6th (3:53,20). The Dutch skater Marwin Talsma became second (3:51,70). He ranked 9th in the World Junior Championships 2016 on 5000 m.

On 500 m Tao Yang took the first place (35,38), Norwegian Bjorn Magnussen was second (35,81) and Russian Ruslan Zaharov third (35,96). Both Magnussen and Zaharov are new names on the possible favorites list for Helsinki. They didn’t skate in the World Junior Championships last season. From the previously mentioned favorites Niek Deelstra was 8th and Odin By Farstad 9th in Minsk.

Chinese Alemasi Kahanbai was the fastest also on 1500 m (1.49,71) and Allan Dahl Johansson from Norway was the second fastest (1.50,11). Hyu-Min Oh from Korea became third (1.50,87). Alemasi was 8th on the same distance in World Junior Championships 2016 and Johansson was 14th. Oh was already recognized as a favorite in the earlier article on this site.

The next ISU Junior World Cup will be held in Collalbo, Italy, on January 21st -22nd.

Results

ISU Junior World Cup

Minsk, Belarus

Saturday November 26th

Ladies 1000 m

1 Daria Kachanova RUS 1.17,63

2 Nan Sun CHN 1.18,61

3 Rio Yamada JPN 1.19,02

4 Isabelle van Elst NED 1.20,36

5 Noemi Bonazza ITA 1.20,65

6 Elisa Dul NED 1.20,91

Men 1000 m

1 Koki Kubo JPN 1.11,46

2 Odin By Farstad NOR 1.12,20

3 Tao Yang CHN 1.12,30

4 Daichi Horikawa JPN 1.12,50

5 Yanan Jin CHN 1.12,55

6 Thijs Govers NED 1.12,68

Ladies 3000 m

1 Karolina Bosiek POL 4.16,02

2 Yuna Yoshimura JPN 4.18,67

3 Viola Feichtner AUT 4.21,86

4 Sanne In t’Hof NED 4.22,76

5 Anna Suzuki JPN 4.23,67

6 Veronika Suslova RUS 4.27,00

Men 3000 m

1 Alemasi Kahanbai CHN 3.51,08

2 Marwin Talsma NED 3.51,70

3 Chris Huizinga NED 3.51,78

4 Riku Tsuchiya JPN 3.53,00

5 Jaewon Chung KOR 3.53,13

6 Hyun-Minh Oh KOR 3.53,20

 

Sunday November 27th

Ladies 500 m

1 Daria Kachanova RUS 38,39

2 Nan Sun CHN 39,36

3 Rio Yamada JPN 39,47

4 Kurumi Inagawa JPN 39, 75

5 Isabelle van Elst NED 40,00

6 Kaja Ziomek POL 40,06

Men 500 m

1 Tao Yang CHN 35,38

2 Bjorn Magnussen NOR 35,81

3 Ruslan Zaharov RUS 35,95

4 Xuefeng Sun CHN 36,02

5 Koki Kubo JPN 36,15

6 Anton Borisenko RUS 36,111

Ladies 1500 m

1 Daria Kachanova RUS 2.00,35

2 Noemi Bonazza ITA 2.01,29

3 Nan Sun CHN 2.01,45

4 Rio Yamada JPN 2.02,14

5 Karolina Bosiek POL 2.02,51

6 Chae Lin Um KOR 2.03,84

Men 1500 m

1 Alemasi Kahanbai CHN 1.49,71

2 Allan Dahl Johansson NOR 1.50,11

3 Hyu-Minh Oh KOR 1.50,87

4 Egor Yunin RUS 1.50,90

5 Riki Hayashi JPN 1.50,91

6 Joost van Dobbenburgh NED 1.51,07

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