HEERENVEEN Thomas Krol has won the European title at the sprint quadruple camp for the first time. The 28-year-old skater of Jumbo-Visma also won the second round in the 1000 meters in Thialf. He triumphed as leader at a time of 1.08.02.
Team mate Hein Otterspeer held second place in the final classification with the fourth time (1.09,08). The bronze was for the German Joel Dufter, who rode the third time on the closing 1000 meters (1.08,93).
Krol was the fourth Dutch skater to win the European title in Heerenveen this weekend. Patrick Roest, Antoinette de Jong (both in the all-round tournament) and Jutta Leerdam (sprint) preceded him.
I didnt dare to think it in my wildest dreams
“I find driving a sprint tournament really hard”, known Krol, who won the 1000 meter world title in 2019. “That 500 meters remains an exciting distance for me. But I have hardly made any mistakes during this tournament. Even a thick burr on my iron during the second 500 meters has not been able to bring me out of balance. When I felt that on the way, I finished my race calmly. It was an incredibly beautiful and educational weekend for me.”
Krol was previously an outsider for the European title, but his stability and speed actually led him to EK gold. “I saw it as a bonus to be able to start here. In my wildest dreams, I would not have imagined that I would win the European title.”