Rust starts hunting for first European all-round title

Patrick Roest has started the hunt for his first European all-round title. At the European Championships all-round in Heerenveen he recorded 36,39 in the 500 meters, the second time and his best time this season. This gives him a good starting position for the rest of the tournament.

Roest has been world champion all-round three times in his skating career, but the European title is still missing on his honorary list. He has to make up for a 1.40 second behind at Sverre Lunde Pedersen on the 5,000 meters.

Pedersen wins 500 meters

Pedersen, the Norwegian competitor of Roest, knocked him in a direct duel: 36,25 at 36,39. Last season, the Norwegian skater won the silver behind Roest at the World Allround Championships and for the time being leads in Heerenveen.

Marcel Bosker finished seventh in the 500 meter in 36,86 at his first European Championship all-round (in 2018 he finished third at the World Cup). Hes got 6.10 seconds behind Pedersen. Marwin Talsma, the third Dutch skater to come into action, also had a great debut on an EK all-round.

Although Talsma was seventeenth out of 500 meters, he recorded a personal record with 37.96 and has to make up for a backlog of 17.10 seconds on the 5,000 meter.

No Wüst and Kramer

Sven Kramer and Ireen Wüst are both absent at a European all-round championship for the first time since their European debut in 2005. At the qualifying tournament for the international competitions, at the end of December, both skaters were not able to place themselves.

Defender Kramer, who won the European Championships no less than ten times, will still be in action this season at the World Cup distances (5,000 meters) and during the World Cup races in Heerenveen.

After four Dutch competitions in Thialf, the European Championships are the first international meetings of the skating season. All skaters participating in the European Championships all-round and the European Championships sprint have undergone a negative corontest.

A total of 143 participants are involved. The skaters stay in a secluded bubble for five weeks. After this weekend there are two more World Cup races and the World Cup distances in Heerenveen.