Sablikova takes third straight win
There seems to be no stopping Martina Sablikova after the Croatian raced to her third straight ISU Speed Skating World Cup victory in Heerenveen, Holland.
The 24-year-old who claimed two golds and a bronze from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, proved her dominance once more over 5000m as she finished first by more than four seconds, adding to her wins in Chelyabinsk and Astana.
Sablikova finished in 6:58.87 minutes, extending her lead in the World Cup standings to 70 points over Germany’s Claudia Pechstein who finished second, with compatriot Stephanie Beckert in third.
The other woman celebrating in Heerenveen was China’s Jing Yu, who took her World Cup record this year to three wins from three races with victory over 500m.
Yu however sits third in the standings after missing the meet in Astana with Korea’s Sang-Hwa Lee 90 points ahead at the summit after coming second in Holland, just ahead of China’s Beixing Wang.
As for the men, American Tucker Fredricks picked up his first victory of the season in the 500m, but Korean Tae-Mun Mo still leads the standings after finishing third, sandwiching Japan’s Joji Kato.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Ivan Skobrev claimed victory over 1500m, his first of the season, with home favourite Kjeld Nuis and Norwegian Havard Bokko in second and third respectively.