Sunday, February 14, 2010, the first game of the women in the program of the Olympic speed skating tournament for the Olympic Games in Vancouver. In this article, the main contenders taken.
3000 meters is the first leg as women riding on the 2010 Olympic Games, the first skater begins at 13:00 local time, 22:00 Dutch time. The competition is, just like any other long track competitions held at the Richmond Olympic Oval, about 15 kilometers from Vancouver.
The defending champion at this distance, the Dutch Ireen Wüst, during these games in 1000, 1500 and 3000 will come true. It wererldrecord is 3:53:34 in the hands of Cindy Klassen. The absent because of a doping, the German Claudia Pechstein with a time of 3.57.70 the Olympic record in his hands.
Grand colored favorite for gold at the Olympics three kilometers are undoubtedly the Czech Martina Sáblíková.Sáblíková, came from has been the big star of the longest distances round tournaments, World Championships and World Cup distance. Often the comparison drawn between Sáblíková, come and Dutch stayer Sven Kramer.Obviously, since both are in the prime of his career and won virtually everything there is to win. But lack both Kramer Sáblíková, came as another major gold medal; Olympics.
Four years ago Sáblíková came from the party at the Turin Olympics, but when they won just 18 years no medal; she was 7 on the 3rd and 4th on the 5th kilometer kilometers. Sáblíková, come, winner of the combined classification of three and five kilometers on the World Cup for the past three years, therefore, a big favorite. Last year, she was still knocking at the World Cup stretches with Renate Groenewold.
The Canadian all-round star Kristina Groves is one of the main competitors for Sáblíková came. Groves with his 33 years one of the most experienced rijdsters coming on the road and she packed up her career for many a title, including the World Cup on the third kilometer in 2008. In 2009 she became this 3rd. With a personal best of 6:54:55 she was very little Sáblíková, came in.
Stephanie Beckert For less fanatical followers of skating she will be a relatively unknown; Stephanie Beckert. The 21-year-old German riding for several years with the World Cup circuit, but this year is really a breakthrough. Last year, she was 3 in the standings during the three and five kilometers before the World Cup and she was 8 on the third kilometer. This season, she competed in Calgary a personal best of 3.56.80, just three seconds over the world record.
Cindy Klassen addition, the world record holder Cindy Klassen is not missing from the list of favorites. The 30-year-old Canadian has been a decades been one of the toppers in the long distances, but because of the injuries she received in the past few years in action. In the previous games, she won no less than five medals, bronze in 3 and 5 km, silver in the 1,000 meters and team pursuit and gold in the 1500 meters. Such impressive results, however, can no longer be expected now, since 2008. The class was barely still out on the global tournaments. But classes in the form is definitely the third kiometer very competent.
It was mentioned earlier; Renate Groenewold. Current world champion in three kilometers amply qualified for the Olympics by qualifying tournament, but hesitated a long time whether to participate due to lack of form. In the end she decided anyway to take part in the games, but expectations are not too high anymore. So Groenewold won last year’s three kilometers distance at the World Championships in 2007 and was at the tournament already 2nd.
Both at the Games in Turin and Salt Lake City, she won silver at this distance. Whether this year they can also reach the podium is very doubtful.
Ireen Wüst Although she defended her title, Ireen Wüst this time will not count as one of the top favorites. Wüst last Jare focuses mainly on 1500 and 1000 meters. Thus came in 2007 for the last time at this distance from the World Cup distance, when she was then 5th. This year she was or Dutch champion at this distance. Her Pilar these games will be located mainly in the 1000 and 1500 meters, which they also participate, but if Wüst again when going from the old “pop”, she is definitely able to run for the podium.
Daniela Anschütz German Daniela Anschütz makes running since 1996 international skating circus, but never won a gold medal in an individual distance of a major tournament. But she was 2nd in the World Championship classification at three and five kilometers in 2007 and 2009. The 36-year-old German will, however, undoubtedly to pull everything to make her first Olympic medal in the Individual hold during her last Olympics. In Turin, she won already gold with the German hunting team. At the World Cup Distance from 2009 Anschütz 5th at this distance at the European Championships Allround she became 3rd.
In addition to the aforementioned favorites and outsiders, is the Canadian Clara Hughes, the Norwegian Maren Haugli and Dutch Diane Valkenburg still an outsider to be reckoned with. Callers Masako Hozumi and Brittany Schussler can be monitored for a good result.
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