2007 European Allround Speed Skating Championships

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European Allround Speed Skating Championships
Ijsbaan Collalbo zomer.jpg
Arena Ritten/Ritten Kunsteisbahn (Collalbo)
Venue Arena Ritten (Collalbo)
Dates 18 and 19 March 2006
Competitors 31 men
27 women
Medalists men
Gold medal    NED
Silver medal    ITA
Bronze medal    NED
Medalists women
Gold medal    CZE
Silver medal    NED
Bronze medal    NED
«2006 2008 Kolomna»

The 2007 European Speed Skating Championships were held on the outdoor artificial ice track Arena Ritten in Collalbo, Italy. The Championships were three-day allround events, with the skaters completing four distances before the final championship standings are determined based on the samalog system.

Live broadcasts from the Championships were shown on Nederland 1,[1] NRK[2] and Rai Tre/Rai Sport Sat,[3] with highlights on Das Erste.

The two champions were both below 21 years of age; Sven Kramer won his first European gold medal, two years after winning silver in Thialf, while Czech Martina Sáblíková won the women's championship to become the first Czech to medal at a European championship, and also the youngest European women's champion. Kramer is the youngest European Champion since 1992.

Rules[edit]

All skaters were allowed to skate the first three distances; 12 skaters took part on the fourth distance. These were qualified by taking the standings on the longest of the first three distances, as well as the samalog standings after three distances, and comparing these lists as follows:

  1. Skaters among the top 12 on both lists were qualified.
  2. To make up a total of 12, skaters were then added in order of their best rank on either list. Samalog standings take precedence over longest-distance standings in the event of a tie.

Final standings[edit]

Men[edit]

The top six skaters from the 2006 Championships were all present.[4]

Place Athlete Country 500m 5000m 1500m 10000m points
Sven Kramer  NED 36.76 ( 5) 6:15.65 ( 1) 1:44.86 ( 2) 13:10.44 ( 1) 148.800
Enrico Fabris  ITA 36.38 ( 1) 6:20.28 ( 3) 1:44.72 ( 1) 13:21.51 ( 3) 149.389
Carl Verheijen  NED 37.53 (12) 6:19.67 ( 2) 1:47.34 ( 9) 13:15.37 ( 2) 151.045
4 Håvard Bøkko  NOR 36.99 ( 6) 6:24.41 ( 4) 1:47.10 ( 7) 13:27.38 ( 4) 151.500
5 Ivan Skobrev  RUS 36.39 ( 2) 6:39.28 (13) 1:46.68 ( 4) 13:45.01 ( 9) 153.128
6 Eskil Ervik  NOR 37.96 (16) 6:24.85 ( 5) 1:47.56 (10) 13:36.62 ( 8) 153.129
7 Tobias Schneider  GER 37.48 (11) 6:35.72 (10) 1:47.03 ( 6) 13:34.14 ( 5) 153.435
8 Mark Tuitert  NED 36.60 ( 4) 6:36.79 (11) 1:46.19 ( 3) 14:05.27 (11) 153.938
9 Henrik Christiansen  NOR 38.13 (17) 6:31.12 ( 7) 1:47.87 (12) 13:35.72 ( 6) 153.984
10 Wouter Olde Heuvel  NED 37.57 (14) 6:28.96 ( 6) 1:47.60 (11) 13:54.40 (10) 154.052
11 Sverre Haugli  NOR 38.20 (18) 6:31.55 ( 8) 1:48.16 (14) 13:35.92 ( 7) 154.204
12 Matteo Anesi  ITA 37.22 ( 8) 6:38.62 (12) 1:48.85 (15) 14:22.38 (12) 156.484
13 Konrad Niedźwiedzki  POL 36.52 ( 3) 6:47.81 (19) 1:46.96 ( 5) 112.954
14 Stefan Heythausen  GER 37.46 (10) 6:42.44 (15) 1:47.28 ( 8) 113.464
15 Jarmo Valtonen  FIN 37.14 ( 7) 6:48.88 (20) 1:47.94 (13) 114.008
16 Johan Röjler  SWE 38.52 (19) 6:35.46 ( 9) 1:49.68 (17) 114.626
17 Alexis Contin  FRA 37.35 ( 9) 6:44.91 (18) 1:50.43 (18) 114.651
18 Joel Eriksson  SWE 37.55 (13) 6:52.95 (23) 1:49.04 (16) 115.191
19 Vitaly Mikhailov  BLR 37.58 (15) 6:57.52 (25) 1:50.48 (19) 116.158
20 Artyom Belousov  RUS 39.01 (22) 6:43.24 (16) 1:50.91 (20) 116.304
21 Sławomir Chmura  POL 38.78 (21) 6:43.64 (17) 1:52.07 (22) 116.500
22 Alexey Yunin  RUS 39.57 (27) 6:40.83 (14) 1:51.12 (21) 116.693
23 Christian Pichler  AUT 39.30 (26) 6:50.43 (21) 1:52.07 (22) 117.699
24 Witold Mazur  POL 39.24 (25) 6:51.29 (22) 1:55.13 (27) 118.745
25 Maxim Pedos  UKR 39.16 (24) 7:00.30 (28) 1:52.78 (24) 118.783
26 Oliver Sundberg  DEN 39.02 (23) 7:01.16 (29) 1:54.26 (25) 119.222
27 Martin Hänggi   SUI 38.76 (20) 7:06.32 (30) 1:54.32 (26) 119.498
28 Claudiu Grozea  ROM 39.89 (29) 6:55.74 (24) 1:55.76 (28) 120.050
29 Milan Sáblík  CZE 39.62 (28) 6:59.98 (27) 1:57.06 (29) 120.638
Kris Schildermans  BEL DSQ 6:58.42 (26) 1:57.51 (30)
Stefano Donagrandi  ITA DNF

A placing among the top 16 qualified the nation for the 2007 World Championships as well as the 2008 European Championships (where each federation is automatically entitled to one skater and any additional skaters are added to this quota, with a cap of four.)

Women[edit]

Anni Friesinger, five-time European Champion, withdrew to concentrate on the World Sprint Championships a week later.[5]

At first, the Norwegian Skating Federation selected only Maren Haugli, but included Mari Hemmer and Hedvig Bjelkevik after protests from within the speed skating community.[6][7] Bjelkevik later declined, citing the same reason as Friesinger.

The top seven skaters from the 2006 Championships were all present.

Place Athlete Country 500m 1500m 3000m 10000m points
Martina Sáblíková  CZE 40.97 ( 9) 1:58.66 ( 6) 4:03.52 ( 1) 6:58.45 ( 1) 162.954
Ireen Wüst  NED 39.51 ( 1) 1:56.78 ( 1) 4:07.61 ( 3) 7:12.73 ( 6) 162.977
Renate Groenewold  NED 41.05 (10) 1:58.64 ( 5) 4:04.24 ( 2) 7:08.76 ( 2) 164.178
4 Daniela Anschütz-Thoms  GER 40.63 ( 7) 1:58.08 ( 3) 4:08.28 ( 4) 7:10.49 ( 4) 164.419
5 Claudia Pechstein  GER 40.28 ( 4) 1:58.72 ( 7) 4:11.15 ( 6) 7:10.05 ( 3) 164.716
6 Marja Vis  NED 40.65 ( 8) 1:59.56 ( 8) 4:09.99 ( 5) 7:11.77 ( 5) 165.345
7 Paulien van Deutekom  NED 40.51 ( 5) 1:58.34 ( 4) 4:12.79 (10) 7:23.94 (10) 166.481
8 Lucille Opitz  GER 41.16 (12) 1:59.77 (10) 4:12.13 ( 8) 7:17.81 ( 9) 166.885
9 Maren Haugli  NOR 41.13 (11) 2:01.50 (13) 4:11.89 ( 7) 7:14.26 ( 7) 167.037
10 Yekaterina Abramova  RUS 39.91 ( 2) 1:57.98 ( 2) 4:18.79 (13) 7:34.62 (12) 167.829
11 Katarzyna Wójcicka  POL 40.56 ( 6) 1:59.79 (11) 4:16.33 (12) 7:31.08 (11) 168.319
12 Andrea Jirků  CZE 43.46 (26) 2:03.37 (16) 4:12.51 ( 9) 7:17.44 ( 8) 170.412
13 Yekaterina Lobysheva  RUS 40.15 ( 3) 1:59.53 ( 8) 4:20.23 (15) 123.364
14 Katrin Mattscherodt  GER 41.68 (15) 2:02.05 (14) 4:15.13 (11) 124.884
15 Anna Rokita  AUT 41.80 (16) 2:03.12 (15) 4:19.85 (14) 126.148
16 Galina Likhachova  RUS 41.41 (13) 2:00.93 (12) 4:28.57 (24) 126.481
17 Luiza Złotkowska  POL 42.47 (19) 2:04.15 (17) 4:23.85 (18) 127.828
18 Mari Hemmer  NOR 42.24 (17) 2:04.04 (18) 4:23.74 (17) 127.842
19 Oana Opincariu  ROM 42.89 (24) 2:06.20 (22) 4:20.46 (19) 128.366
20 Yekaterina Malysheva  RUS 41.42 (14) 2:05.61 (19) 4:31.96 (25) 128.616
21 Yuliya Yasenok  BLR 42.37 (18) 2:06.04 (21) 4:26.09 (21) 128.731
22 Yelena Myagkikh  UKR 42.51 (20) 2:05.66 (20) 4:26.02 (20) 128.732
23 Marita Johansson  SWE 42.54 (21) 2:06.28 (23) 4:26.85 (23) 129.108
24 Martina Windhager  AUT 43.04 (25) 2:07.38 (25) 4:26.17 (22) 129.861
25 Cathrine Grage  DEN 44.52 (27) 2:06.89 (24) 4:24.55 (19) 130.907
26 Daniela Dumitru  ROM 42.77 (23) 2:07.66 (24) 4:33.57 (26) 130.918
27 Ágota Tóth  HUN 42.76 (22) 2:10.98 (27) 4:39.80 (27) 133.053

The top 14 have qualified their nation for the World Allround Championships. Skaters in the top 16 have given their nation an addition to the basis quota of one skater for the 2008 European Championships, with the quota capped at four skaters per nation.

Friday's events[edit]

The competitions began at 13:00 local time.

In the results list, previous European medallists are mentioned, as well as the top ten on each distance.

500 m men

Kramer advanced 13 places from his performance at the 2006 European Championship, and gained 0.8 seconds on Fabris compared to last year's standings. Ervik lost nearly a second, while Bøkko lost half a second and Verheijen gained 0.3 seconds, all compared to the defending champion Fabris. The distance podium is the same as last year, but only Skobrev finished in the same position.

Pos. Race Time Pos. Allround rankings Points
1.  Enrico Fabris (ITA) 36.38 1.  Enrico Fabris (ITA) 36.380
2.  Ivan Skobrev (RUS) 36.39 2.  Ivan Skobrev (RUS) 36.390
3.  Konrad Niedźwiedzki (POL) 36.52 3.  Konrad Niedźwiedzki (POL) 36.520
4.  Mark Tuitert (NED) 36.60 4.  Mark Tuitert (NED) 36.600
5.  Sven Kramer (NED) 36.76 5.  Sven Kramer (NED) 36.760
6.  Håvard Bøkko (NOR) 36.99 6.  Håvard Bøkko (NOR) 36.990
7.  Jarmo Valtonen (FIN) 37.14 7.  Jarmo Valtonen (FIN) 37.140
8.  Matteo Anesi (ITA) 37.22 8.  Matteo Anesi (ITA) 37.220
9.  Alexis Contin (FRA) 37.35 9.  Alexis Contin (FRA) 37.350
10.  Stefan Heythausen (GER) 37.46 10.  Stefan Heythausen (GER) 37.460
12.  Carl Verheijen (NED) 37.53 12.  Carl Verheijen (NED) 37.530
16.  Eskil Ervik (NOR) 37.96 16.  Eskil Ervik (NOR) 37.960
500 m women

Abramova, Lobysheva, Pechstein and Wójcicka all finished in the same order as in Hamar last year, with Abramova gaining a few hundredths of a second. However, Wüst gains over 1.2 seconds on those three compared to last year's performance, where she finished 0.79 500 m-seconds behind Pechstein in the overall standings. Groenewold finishes 0.77 seconds behind Pechstein, gaining 0.13 on 2006.

Pos. Race Time Pos. Allround rankings Points
1.  Ireen Wüst (NED) 39.51 1.  Ireen Wüst (NED) 39.510
2.  Yekaterina Abramova (RUS) 39.91 2.  Yekaterina Abramova (RUS) 39.910
3.  Yekaterina Lobysheva (RUS) 40.15 3.  Yekaterina Lobysheva (RUS) 40.150
4.  Claudia Pechstein (GER) 40.28 4.  Claudia Pechstein (GER) 40.280
5.  Paulien van Deutekom (NED) 40.51 5.  Paulien van Deutekom (NED) 40.510
6.  Katarzyna Wójcicka (POL) 40.56 6.  Katarzyna Wójcicka (POL) 40.560
7.  Daniela Anschütz-Thoms (GER) 40.63 7.  Daniela Anschütz-Thoms (GER) 40.630
8.  Marja Vis (NED) 40.65 8.  Marja Vis (NED) 40.650
9.  Martina Sáblíková (CZE) 40.97 9.  Martina Sáblíková (CZE) 40.970
10.  Renate Groenewold (NED) 41.05 10.  Renate Groenewold (NED) 41.050
5000 m men

The previous outdoor world best, by Chad Hedrick from the 2005 World Single Distance Championships, was bettered by 9.96 seconds. Verheijen was the first to beat the record, in the 12th of the 15 pairs, before Kramer lowered it by a further four seconds in the 13th pair, recording nine of twelve laps below 30 seconds.

Pos. Race Time Pos. Allround rankings Points
1.  Sven Kramer (NED) 6:15.65 1.  Sven Kramer (NED) 74.325
2.  Carl Verheijen (NED) 6:19.67 2.  Enrico Fabris (ITA) 74.408
3.  Enrico Fabris (ITA) 6:20.28 3.  Håvard Bøkko (NOR) 75.431
4.  Håvard Bøkko (NOR) 6:24.41 4.  Carl Verheijen (NED) 75.497
5.  Eskil Ervik (NOR) 6:24.85 5.  Mark Tuitert (NED) 76.279
6.  Wouter Olde Heuvel (NED) 6:28.96 6.  Ivan Skobrev (RUS) 76.318
7.  Henrik Christiansen (NOR) 6:31.12 7.  Eskil Ervik (NOR) 76.445
8.  Sverre Haugli (NOR) 6:31.55 8.  Wouter Olde Heuvel (NED) 76.466
9.  Johan Röjler (SWE) 6:35.46 9.  Tobias Schneider (GER) 77.052
10.  Tobias Schneider (GER) 6:35.72 10.  Matteo Anesi (ITA) 77.082
11.  Mark Tuitert (NED) 6:36.79 11.  Henrik Christiansen (NOR) 77.242

Saturday's events[edit]

The competitions began at 13:00 local time.

1500 m women

Wüst and Abramova finished first and second once more, with exactly the same difference in samalog points, while defending champion Pechstein, whose best World Cup ranking is in the long distance cup, advanced to third place in the allround rankings despite recording a worse placing here than on the 500 metres.

Pos. Race Time Pos. Allround rankings Points
1.  Ireen Wüst (NED) 1:56.78 1.  Ireen Wüst (NED) 78.436
2.  Yekaterina Abramova (RUS) 1:57.98 2.  Yekaterina Abramova (RUS) 79.236
3.  Daniela Anschütz-Thoms (GER) 1:58.08 3.  Claudia Pechstein (GER) 79.853
4.  Paulien van Deutekom (NED) 1:58.34 4.  Paulien van Deutekom (NED) 79.956
5.  Renate Groenewold (NED) 1:58.64 5.  Daniela Anschütz-Thoms (GER) 79.990
6.  Martina Sáblíková (CZE) 1:58.66 6.  Yekaterina Lobysheva (RUS) 79.993
7.  Claudia Pechstein (GER) 1:58.72 7.  Katarzyna Wójcicka (POL) 80.490
8.  Yekaterina Lobysheva (RUS) 1:59.53 8.  Marja Vis (NED) 80.503
9.  Marja Vis (NED) 1:59.56 9.  Martina Sáblíková (CZE) 80.523
10.  Lucille Opitz (GER) 1:59.77 10.  Renate Groenewold (NED) 80.596
1500 m men

In the final pair, Kramer bettered his personal best by nearly two seconds, thus advancing to third place on the Adelskalender. The outdoor world best mark was lowered by nearly three seconds by Fabris, who pipped Kramer to the line in the final pair, but remains 0.72 seconds behind before the final distance tomorrow, where Kramer was world record holder.

Pos. Race Time Pos. Allround rankings Points
1.  Enrico Fabris (ITA) 1:44.72 1.  Sven Kramer (NED) 109.278
2.  Sven Kramer (NED) 1:44.86 2.  Enrico Fabris (ITA) 109.314
3.  Mark Tuitert (NED) 1:46.19 3.  Håvard Bøkko (NOR) 111.131
4.  Ivan Skobrev (RUS) 1:46.68 4.  Carl Verheijen (NED) 111.277
5.  Konrad Niedźwiedzki (POL) 1:46.96 5.  Mark Tuitert (NED) 111.675
6.  Tobias Schneider (GER) 1:47.03 6.  Ivan Skobrev (RUS) 111.878
7.  Håvard Bøkko (NOR) 1:47.10 7.  Eskil Ervik (NOR) 112.298
8.  Stefan Heythausen (GER) 1:47.28 8.  Wouter Olde Heuvel (NED) 112.332
9.  Carl Verheijen (NED) 1:47.34 9.  Tobias Schneider (GER) 112.728
10.  Eskil Ervik (NOR) 1:47.56 11.  Henrik Christiansen (NOR) 113.198
11.  Wouter Olde Heuvel (NED) 1:47.60 12.  Matteo Anesi (ITA) 113.365
12.  Henrik Christiansen (NOR) 1:47.87 13.  Sverre Haugli (NOR) 113.408
3000 m women

By winning the distance, 19-year-old Sáblíková advanced seven places in the overall standings, but still needed to beat Wüst by 14.05 seconds on the final 5,000 metres. On this distance, two-thirds the length, she beat Wüst by 4.09 seconds. Renate Groenewold finished second, also advancing seven places in the allround standings, after skating in the same pair as Sáblíková and leading until two laps remained.

Pos. Race Time Pos. Allround rankings Points
1.  Martina Sáblíková (CZE) 4:03.52 1.  Ireen Wüst (NED) 119.704
2.  Renate Groenewold (NED) 4:04.24 2.  Martina Sáblíková (CZE) 121.109
3.  Ireen Wüst (NED) 4:07.61 3.  Renate Groenewold (NED) 121.302
4.  Daniela Anschütz-Thoms (GER) 4:08.28 4.  Daniela Anschütz-Thoms (GER) 121.370
5.  Marja Vis (NED) 4:09.99 5.  Claudia Pechstein (GER) 121.711
6.  Claudia Pechstein (GER) 4:11.15 6.  Paulien van Deutekom (NED) 122.087
7.  Maren Haugli (NOR) 4:11.85 7.  Marja Vis (NED) 122.168
8.  Lucille Opitz (GER) 4:12.13 8.  Yekaterina Abramova (RUS) 122.367
9.  Andrea Jirků (CZE) 4:12.51 9.  Lucille Opitz (GER) 123.104
10.  Paulien van Deutekom (NED) 4:12.79 10.  Katarzyna Wójcicka (POL) 123.211
11.  Katrin Mattscherodt (GER) 4:15.13 12.  Maren Haugli (NOR) 123.611
12.  Katarzyna Wójcicka (POL) 4:16.33 16.  Andrea Jirků (CZE) 126.591

Sunday's events[edit]

The competitions began at 12:00 local time.

5000 m women

Sáblíková skated in the fifth pair, and after distancing Groenewold by 10 seconds and bettering the world outdoor mark by seven seconds, she set Wüst the task of finishing in 7:12.49 to become European champion. This would be fifth place thus far. Wüst started well, and with five laps to go, she was 0.6 seconds behind Sáblíková, with a cushion of more than 2.5 seconds per lap. But with lap times steadily going upwards, the worst being 37.0 on the penultimate lap, she arrived 0.23 seconds too late to become European champion. Sáblíková thus became the first Czech to win a senior speed skating championship. Neither Pechstein nor Anschütz-Thoms managed to beat Groenewold on the distance, giving Groenewold the bronze medal. Thus, in Friesinger's absence, Germany failed to finish on the podium for the first time since 1974.

Pos. Race Time Pos. Allround rankings Points
1.  Martina Sáblíková (CZE) 6:58.75 1.  Martina Sáblíková (CZE) 162.954
2.  Renate Groenewold (NED) 7:08.76 2.  Ireen Wüst (NED) 162.977
3.  Claudia Pechstein (GER) 7:10.05 3.  Renate Groenewold (NED) 164.178
4.  Daniela Anschütz-Thoms (GER) 7:10.49 4.  Daniela Anschütz-Thoms (GER) 164.419
5.  Marja Vis (NED) 7:11.77 5.  Claudia Pechstein (GER) 164.716
6.  Ireen Wüst (NED) 7:12.73 6.  Marja Vis (NED) 165.345
7.  Maren Haugli (NOR) 7:14.26 7.  Paulien van Deutekom (NED) 166.481
8.  Andrea Jirků (CZE) 7:17.44 8.  Lucille Opitz (GER) 166.885
9.  Lucille Opitz (GER) 7:17.81 9.  Maren Haugli (NOR) 167.034
10.  Paulien van Deutekom (NED) 7:23.94 10.  Yekaterina Abramova (RUS) 167.829
11.  Katarzyna Wójcicka (POL) 7:31.08 11.  Katarzyna Wójcicka (POL) 168.319
12.  Yekaterina Abramova (RUS) 7:34.62 12.  Andrea Jirků (CZE) 170.412
10,000 m men

The outdoor world best mark was lowered twice during the race; first by Enrico Fabris in the fifth pair, who bettered the old record by four seconds on his way to leading the distance. Sven Kramer was thus required to skate 13:22.21 to win the championship; he kept well ahead of that, even skating the last two laps in times below 30 seconds, much faster than any other lap of the race. Verheijen also managed to beat Bøkko by 0.455 points (9.10 10,000 m-seconds) to take the bronze medal.

Pos. Race Time Pos. Allround rankings Points
1.  Sven Kramer (NED) 13:10.44 1.  Sven Kramer (NED) 148.800
2.  Carl Verheijen (NED) 13:15.37 2.  Enrico Fabris (ITA) 149.389
3.  Enrico Fabris (ITA) 13:21.51 3.  Carl Verheijen (NED) 151.045
4.  Håvard Bøkko (NOR) 13:27.38 4.  Håvard Bøkko (NOR) 151.500
5.  Tobias Schneider (GER) 13:34.14 5.  Ivan Skobrev (RUS) 153.128
6.  Henrik Christiansen (NOR) 13:35.72 6.  Eskil Ervik (NOR) 153.129
7.  Sverre Haugli (NOR) 13:35.92 7.  Tobias Schneider (GER) 153.435
8.  Eskil Ervik (NOR) 13:36.62 8.  Mark Tuitert (NED) 153.928
9.  Ivan Skobrev (RUS) 13:45.01 9.  Henrik Christiansen (NOR) 153.984
10.  Wouter Olde Heuvel (NED) 13:54.40 10.  Wouter Olde Heuvel (NED) 154.052
11.  Mark Tuitert (NED) 14:05.27 11.  Sverre Haugli (NOR) 154.204
12.  Matteo Anesi (ITA) 14:22.38 12.  Matteo Anesi (ITA) 156.484

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch)KNSB.nl | EK Allround 2007 Collalbo, from KNSB, retrieved 12 January 2007
  2. ^ (Norwegian) Sport - NRK, retrieved 12 January 2007
  3. ^ (Italian) Guida TV, from rai.it, (Italian) Communication from FISG, retrieved 11 January 2006
  4. ^ List of Competitors Men, from KNSB
  5. ^ Classification Ladies, from Sport Computer Graphics
  6. ^ (Norwegian) Mari vant NM - vraket til EM, ANB, from dagbladet.no, retrieved 11 January 2007
  7. ^ (Norwegian) Hemmer blir likevel med til EM, ANB, from siste.no, retrieved 11 January 2007