Anni Friesinger of Germany and Shani Davis of the
United States are the 2005 All Around Ice Speed
Skating World Championships February 5-6, 2005
in Moscow, Russia.
World Allround Speed Skating Championships
The 2005 World Allround Speed Skating Championships took place
in Russia February 5-6, 2005 in a new ice rink in the city of Moscow.
Back in Russia for the first time in 43 years.
Anni Friesinger (Germany) was the clear winner
with the ladies, while the strongest man was
Shani Davis (United States), who combines long track and
short track, sprint and allround, and was in serious doubt if he was able to perform at all
after his recent participation in the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships.
is among the most decorated speed skaters of today, and her
CV already included three allround world titles. This time she won more
convincingly than ever, in fact winning all four distances, a feat not seen
Gunda Niemann (Germany) did it in 1995. In previous years she has dominating
the shorter distances, but here she also managed to beat her rival, three
times Olympic champion on the 5k,
Claudia Pechstein (Germany), on the latter’s
Cindy Klassen (Canada), the 2003 world champion, won the
silver, just ahead of Pechstein. Also Daniela Anschütz (Germany) and Ireen Wüst
(Netherlands) were in close contention for the overall medals. Wüst’s 3000 m 4:08.15
was a new junior world record and her silver medal on the 1500 also notable,
with 1:58.17 being just 0.07 seconds slower than her own junior world record.
A notable absence was
Jennifer Rodriguez (USA), who won the 500 m in the
three last World Allround Championships. This year she has focused on the
shorter distances, which paid off handsomely in the form of the world sprint
title two weeks ago in Salt Lake City. Here in Moscow Klassen and Wieteke
Kramer (NED) followed Friesinger on the 500 m podium, with almost a full
second separating the silver and the bronze. The 3000 m was a much closer
race with seven skaters within about three seconds, Pechstein and Anschütz
joining Friesinger for an all-German podium.
As expected, Friesinger’s clearest victory came in the 1500, her favourite
distance, ahead of Wüst, Klassen and Anschütz. Earlier on, the home crowd
liked Olga Tarasova’s (RUS) good race in 1:59.69. The situation before the
5k had Friesinger in clear winning position but with all of Klassen, Anschütz,
Wüst and Pechstein having reasonable chances for the overall silver and gold.
Clara Hughes (CAN) set the tone with a strong 7:05.69, securing her bronze
on the distance. As Klassen said she was sick, her 5k form could be doubted,
but she threw doubt aside and secured the overall silver. Friesinger is not
always fond of the 5000 m, but she said: "Today I loved it!", while finding
herself able even to accelerate at the end of the race.
Last year in Hamar (NOR), Americans
Chad Hedrick and
Shani Davis shocked the
Dutch by winning a double for the USA, for the first time ever. This season
has provided ample demonstration of the spectacular talents of these two unusual
speed skaters - Hedrick coming from inline rollerskating and Davis from short track.
Davis recently set world records in the 1500 m and in the overall point combination.
However, if it hadn’t been for a disqualification on the 10,000 m, Hedrick would have
taken the points record. Davis also had impressive performances at this year’s World
Sprint Championships two weeks ago, with second place finishes in the 1000 meters.
This year, therefore, the two Americans came to the championship as clear favorites,
ahead of the Dutch, with Shani the better skater on the short distances and Chad
the better on the long distances.
And the Americans did not disappoint. It was perhaps clear from the first distance
that Hedrick and Davis would be the contenders for the title, with the Dutch at
respectable distance. Takahiro Ushiyama (Japan) won the 500 m in a personal best time
of 36.28, trailed by Americans Davis, Hedrick and Parra, before home favorite Yevgeny
Lalenkov (Russia). Norwegian hopes for Eskil Ervik (Norway), who performed so well at the
European Championships, ended with Ervik’s fall on the 500. The 5000 m was won
convincingly by Øystein Grødum (Norway) in 6:22.31, one of this season’s best long
distance skaters. Being too slow on the 500, Grødum could not really challenge
the Americans and the Dutch in the point combination, however. The most spectacular
pair to watch was Hedrick against Verheijen (Netherlands). These two have also fought
valiantly in the past. Verheijen seemed at one point to be in control, but Hedrick
was able to put in 29.7, 29.7, 30.1 as his final three laps, giving him the silver
on the distance, ahead of
Bob de Jong (Netherlands), Verheijen, Davis, and then the strong
junior Sven Kramer (Netherlands) and world record holder on the distance Jochem Uytdehaage
(Netherlands). After the first day Hedrick seemed the strongest, just 0.13 points after Davis.
The four Dutch were placed 3, 4, 5, 7 after two distances, with veteran KC Boutiette
(United States) in 6th and Ivan Skobrev (Russia) on 8th.
Sunday’s 1500 m was American dominated, with a quadruple victory never seen before:
KC Boutiette and
Derek Parra, ahead of Uytdehaage, Kramer and Lalenkov.
Hedrick then was confident, with 6.84 seconds to haul in on Davis on the final 10,000.
These two were a full lap ahead of the skaters that would now have to settle for a fight
for the bronze, led by Kramer, Uytdehaage, Boutiette and Verheijen.
The 10,000 started out with a spectacularly strong race of Grødum, making
De Jong look slow, for a change. Grødum had been very content both with his
form and with the new Krylatskoe rink, and actually had Uytdehaage’s 12:58.92
world record in his mind, but decided after some laps that he would settle
for something slightly less ambitious. His finishing national record time of
13:06.79, in the end more than ten seconds ahead of the 2nd best Verheijen,
might be judged the best single distance performance of all races this weekend.
The world champion title was however fought for in the final two pairs. First
came Hedrick against Verheijen, once again, with the latter pulling away after
some strong laps around 6,000 m - perhaps Hedrick’s 13:22.35 would not suffice
to keep Davis at bay. Davis knew in the final pair that 13:29 would secure him
the World Allround title. Kramer was a good pair-mate for him, skating his own
race for the overall bronze, successfully, as it turned out, pushing last year’s
bronze winner Verheijen and European champion Uytdehaage to the 4th and 5th place.
Davis never wavered from the required pace, fought valiantly and finished
in 13:25.51. "I thought, I can rest tomorrow", he said, "But I never thought
this was within my possibilities". Also notable on the 10k was veteran
Bart Veldkamp (BEL), whose 13:30 race gave him the second 8th rank result of
the weekend - he appears to be heading towards this fifth Olympics.
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