Lost in thought, Patrick Roest sat on the stairs of the Utah Olympia Oval. The Dutchman entered the 5000 meter World Championship race on Thursday as a huge favorite. He had won all of the World Cup races he started this season. But a rare mishap happened to him in Salt Lake City.
Roest had forgotten to put on the white armband as a starter on the inner lane at the start and was disqualified.
Who took sixth place with a strong run, said: “Fortunately, something like this has never happened to me. Those are the rules. You always have to be fully focused.” The Erfurt native pointed out that a missing transponder for the time measurement also leads to disqualification.
Only fourth fastest time
Even with the bracelet, Roest would not have won. On the demanding ice, the all-around world champion experienced a drop in performance, his time would only have been enough for fourth place. The winner was the Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemen. For Bloemen, Roest, and Beckert, the 10,000 meters are on the program just 22 hours after the start.
The Dutch could comfort themselves with two titles in the team sprint. The women set a world record in 1: 24.02 minutes, the Oranje men benefited from a disqualification of the Canadians and successfully defended their World Cup gold from Inzell 2019.
Pechstein with age record – 52nd race in 19th World Championship participation
And again Claudia Pechstein has secured a new record in the speed skating scene. A speed skater at world championships has never been older than the Berliner, who will celebrate her 48th birthday on February 22nd.
In 4: 01.91 minutes, the capital city woman finished her opening race in Salt Lake City on Thursday in eleventh place, 18 years after her Olympic double triumph in the same place, only 4.21 seconds slower than her world record race in the Utah Olympic Oval.
The 3000 meters was her 52nd individual start in her 19th participation in the World Cup – no other athlete in the world can match this either. Even at the World Cup premiere in Hamar in 1996, she was the only one of this year’s field of participants and only missed these championships in 2009 due to her two-year ban due to abnormal blood values. In her successful career, Germany’s most successful winter Olympian not only won nine Olympic medals (5 gold / 2 silver / 2 bronze), but also won 41 precious metals at world championships. Her special discipline over 5000 meters will be held on Saturday, where Pechstein would like to run into the top eight again. On Sunday the “ice cream grandma” is also qualified for the World Cup mass start.