2012 European Speed Skating Championships

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European Speed Skating Championships
2012 ISU ESSC logo.png
VenueCity Park Ice Rink
Budapest, Hungary
Dates6–8 January 2012
Competitors54 from 18 nations
Medalist men
1st, gold medalist(s) Sven Kramer  NED
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jan Blokhuijsen  NED
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Håvard Bøkko  NOR
Medalist women
1st, gold medalist(s) Martina Sáblíková  CZE
2nd, silver medalist(s) Claudia Pechstein  GER
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ireen Wüst  NED

The 2012 European Speed Skating Championships was the 37th continental speed skating event for women and the 106th for men, that was held at the City Park Ice Rink in Budapest, Hungary, from 6 to 8 January 2012.[1] The competition was also a qualifying event for the 2012 World Allround Speed Skating Championships as the entry quotas were allocated according to the results of the European Championships.[2]

In the absence of defending champion Ivan Skobrev, who did not participate due to an injury,[3] Dutchman Sven Kramer took the men's European title. This was his fifth victory, having won previously four consecutive European Championships between 2007 and 2010. Kramer also ran track records both in the 1500 meters and 5000 metres event, and his overall score of 156.197 is the best ever result at the City Park Ice Rink as well.[4]

In the women's competition previous year's gold medalist Martina Sáblíková retained her title, achieving her third European success in row and fourth overall. Sáblíková also set a new track record in 3000 metres with a time of 4:16.09.[5]

Further two records were beaten over the weekend, both in 500 metres. On the first day of the championships, Sáblíková's compatriot Karolína Erbanová set a new best time,[5] and a day later Konrad Niedźwiedzki of Poland ran a track record on the shortest distance.[4]

Venue[edit]

The competition took place at the City Park Ice Rink, an outdoor artificial skating rink situated in the downtown of Budapest. Prior to the championships, the rink went through a renovation and modernization for a fee of 4.7 billion Hungarian Forint (approximately €16 million), of which 3 billion came from the European Regional Development Fund. As a result, the main building was restored to its 19th-century look, the ice surface was expanded by 15 percent and a 210 kilometres (130 mi) embedded cooling system was laid down as well.[6] The races were held on a standard track of 400 meters with outer curves of 29 meters and inner curves of 25 meters radii. Both racing lanes were 4 meters wide, with an additional inside training track of the similar width.[2]

Participating nations[edit]

A provisional list of competitors and staff had to be presented until 19 December 2011, while the final deadline of applications for the European Championships was closed on 3 January 2012. Every European member federation of the International Skating Union (ISU), whose racer met the qualification criteria were eligible to delegate one participant to the event, and, according to the rules of the ISU,[7] the following nations had the right to enter additional competitors in virtue of their results in the previous continental event:[2]

Eventually 54 competitors from 18 nations registered officially for the championships, not including the substitutes, in the following distribution:[8]

Although registered for the event, Kaitlyn McGregor from Switzerland and Joel Eriksson from Sweden did not participate at the European Championships.

Events[edit]

Schedule[edit]

5 January
Thursday
6 January
Friday
7 January
Saturday
8 January
Sunday
Team leaders meeting
Opening draw
Opening ceremony
500 metres women
3000 metres women
Drawing for Saturday’s distances
500 metres men
1500 metres women
5000 metres men
Drawing for Sunday’s distances
1500 metres men
5000 metres women
10000 metres men
Award ceremony

Women's competition[edit]

The women's European Championship were held over three days, with the 500 metres and the 3000 metres event in the first day, followed by the 1500 metres event on the second day. Skaters were awarded points according to their times, and the twelve best placed competitors after the second day were eligible to participate in the 5000 metres closing event on the last day of the championship.

The first fourteen skaters earned a spot for their countries for the 2012 World Allround Championships, which means that the Netherlands got four, Russia, Germany Norway and Poland three and the Czech Republic one place.

The entries for the 2013 European Championships were also determined using the results of the European Championships. Countries with at least three skaters in the first twelve earned four entry positions (Netherlands), countries with at least two skaters in the first sixteen earned three quotas (Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Poland, Russia), and countries with at least one skater in the first twenty earned two places for the next continental championship (Austria, Belgium). All other European ISU members have the right to delegate one skater, subject to the qualifying time limits are met.

Points evolution and overall result[edit]

Rank[13] Athlete Country 500 m 3000 m 1500 m 5000 m Behind
1st, gold medalist(s) Martina Sáblíková  Czech Republic 41.790 (14) 84.471 (4) 125.684 (1) 169.922 (1) 0.00
2nd, silver medalist(s) Claudia Pechstein  Germany 40.670 (5) 83.955 (1) 126.861 (4) 172.312 (2) 2.39
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ireen Wüst  Netherlands 40.210 (2) 83.975 (2) 126.095 (1) 172.454 (3) 2.59
4 Linda de Vries  Netherlands 41.330 (9) 85.563 (7) 127.129 (6) 173.656 (4) 3.74
5 Diane Valkenburg  Netherlands 41.560 (11) 85.108 (6) 126.978 (5) 173.782 (5) 3.86
6 Yuliya Skokova  Russia 40.400 (3) 84.863 (5) 126.589 (3) 174.805 (6) 4.89
7 Natalia Czerwonka  Poland 41.220 (8) 84.455 (3) 127.338 (7) 174.956 (7) PB 5.04
8 Olga Graf  Russia 42.080 (15) 86.426 (13) 129.069 (11) 176.323 (8) 6.41
9 Annouk van der Weijden  Netherlands 41.130 (6) 85.936 (11) 128.652 (9) 176.684 (9) 6.77
10 Isabell Ost  Germany 42.110 (16) 85.885 (10) 129.778 (14) 177.289 (10) 7.37
11 Katarzyna Woźniak  Poland 41.590 (12) 86.320 (12) 129.506 (12) 178.401 (11) 8.48
12 Hege Bøkko  Norway 41.480 (10) 85.878 (9) 128.888 (10) 180.483 (12) 10.57
13 Yekaterina Lobysheva  Russia 40.620 (4) 85.653 (8) 127.656 (8)
14 Ida Njåtun  Norway 41.200 (7) 86.701 (14) 129.764 (13)
15 Karolína Erbanová  Czech Republic 39.870 (1) 86.851 (15) 130.487 (15)
16 Anna Rokita  Austria 42.320 (18) 87.215 (16) 131.008 (16)
17 Luiza Złotkowska  Poland 42.220 (17) 88.165 (19) 131.525 (17)
18 Mari Hemmer  Norway 41.730 (13) 87.791 (17) 131.814 (18)
19 Nele Armée  Belgium 43.560 (21) 88.891 (20) 132.494 (19)
20 Bente Kraus  Germany 43.070 (19) 87.878 (18) 132.641 (20)
21 Tatyana Mikhailova  Belarus 43.580 (22) 90.873 (21) 135.369 (21)
22 Ágota Tóth  Hungary 43.290 (20) 91.760 (22) 136.906 (22)
23 Sara Bak  Denmark 44.810 (23) 92.321 (23) 137.841 (23)

Men's competition[edit]

The men's event took place on Saturday and Sunday, with the 500 metres and the 5000 metres race at the first day and the 1500 and 10,000 meters final race in the second day. After the first day, the best 24 out of the 29 skaters got the change to participate in the 5000 meters event, while the best 12 competitors after three events took part in the 10,000 meters race.

According to the ISU rules, the fourteen best placed skaters won for their country an entry spots for the 2012 Allround World Championships. Based on the final result, the Netherlands earned four places for the World event, Norway and Poland got two, and Belgium, France, Germany, Latvia and Russia got one each.

The places for the 2013 Allround European Championships were also distributed using the classification of the European Championships. Countries with at least three skaters in the first twelve earned four spots (Netherlands), countries with at least two skaters in the first sixteen earned three (Norway and Poland), and countries with at least one skater in the first twenty earned two starting places (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Russia). All other European ISU members have got one spot, subject to the time limits set are met.

Points evolution and overall result[edit]

Rank[17] Athlete Country 500 m 5000 m 1500 m 10000 m Behind
1st, gold medalist(s) Sven Kramer  Netherlands 37.770 (12) 76.952 (2) 114.945 (2) 156.197 (1) TR 0.00
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jan Blokhuijsen  Netherlands 36.930 (3) 76.579 (1) 114.889 (1) 156.513 (2) 0.32
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Håvard Bøkko  Norway 37.250 (5) 77.310 (3) 116.093 (4) 158.234 (3) 2.04
4 Koen Verweij  Netherlands 37.730 (10) 77.872 (7) 116.345 (5) 158.644 (4) 2.45
5 Alexis Contin  France 37.800 (13) 77.608 (5) 116.801 (7) 159.093 (5) 2.95
6 Haralds Silovs  Latvia 37.460 (6) 77.599 (4) 116.092 (3) 159.261 (6) PB 3.07
7 Sverre Lunde Pedersen  Norway 38.040 (17) 78.504 (9) 116.794 (6) 159.874 (7) 3.68
8 Denis Yuskov  Russia 38.460 (23) 78.649 (10) 117.025 (8) 160.221 (8) 4.03
9 Ted-Jan Bloemen  Netherlands 37.840 (14) 77.667 (6) 118.193 (12) 160.634 (9) 4.44
10 Bart Swings  Belgium 38.810 (25) 79.143 (12) 117.836 (10) 160.793 (10) PB 4.60
11 Jan Szymański  Poland 37.480 (7) 78.241 (8) 117.091 (9) 161.153 (11) PB 4.96
12 Zbigniew Bródka  Poland 36.900 (2) 79.506 (16) 118.166 (11) 162.393 (12) 6.20
13 Konrad Niedźwiedzki  Poland 36.890 (1) 79.152 (13) 118.458 (13)
14 Patrick Beckert  Germany 38.560 (24) 79.082 (11) 118.775 (14)
15 Bram Smallenbroek  Austria 37.750 (11) 79.819 (18) 118.965 (15)
16 Kristian Reistad Fredriksen  Norway 37.510 (9) 79.252 (14) 118.982 (16)
17 Benjamin Macé  France 37.480 (7) 79.782 (17) 119.048 (17)
18 Luca Stefani  Italy 37.890 (15) 79.495 (15) 119.435 (18)
19 Sergey Gryaztsov  Russia 38.350 (22) 80.388 (21) 119.964 (19)
20 Marco Cignini  Italy 38.310 (20) 80.177 (20) 120.167 (20)
21 Moritz Geisreiter  Germany 39.330 (26) 79.976 (19) 120.522 (21)
22 Vitaly Mikhailov  Belarus 38.340 (21) 80.484 (22) 120.734 (22)
23 Milan Sáblík  Czech Republic 38.240 (19) 81.008 (24) 121.324 (23)
24 Ferre Spruyt  Belgium 39.460 (27) 81.598 (26) 121.598 (24)
25 Simen Spieler Nilsen  Norway 38.170 (18) 80.974 (23)
26 Tommi Pulli  Finland 37.140 (4) 81.590 (25)
27 Pavel Baynov  Russia 38.000 (16) 81.625 (27)
28 Martin Hänggi   Switzerland 40.320 (28) 83.300 (28)
29 Marian Ion  Romania 920.000 (DSQ) 963.452 (29)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hungary's hosting European Speed Skating Championships". Essent ISU European Speed Skating Championships 2012 official website. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Announcement" (PDF). Essent ISU European Speed Skating Championships 2012 official website. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Tizennyolc ország versenyzőit várják a budapesti Eb-re" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport Online. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Results: European Allround 2012". Speed Skating News. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Results:European Allround 2012". Speed Skating News. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Kinyit a Városligeti Műjégpálya" (in Hungarian). hir24.hu. 13 December 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Special Regulations and Technical Rules – Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating" (PDF). International Skating Union (ISU). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-04. Retrieved 6 January 2012. Rule 208, paragraph 5c: Subject to paragraph 3 of this Rule, the maximum entry quota for each Member in the regional qualifying event is four (4) Ladies and four (4) Men, with exceptions as stated below. The entry quotas for each Member will be determined according to the results in the preceding qualifying event as follows: Members without Skaters among the 20 best: 1 Competitor; Members with at least 1 Skater among the 20 best: 2 Competitors; Members with at least 2 Skaters among the 16 best: 3 Competitors; Members with at least 3 Skaters among the 12 best: 4 competitors.
  8. ^ "Final Entries" (PDF). Essent ISU European Speed Skating Championships 2012 official website. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Result 500m Ladies". International Skating Union. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Result 3000m Ladies". International Skating Union. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Result 1500m Ladies". International Skating Union. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  12. ^ "Result 5000m Ladies". International Skating Union. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Classification Ladies". International Skating Union. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  14. ^ "Result 500m Men". International Skating Union. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  15. ^ "Result 5000m Men". International Skating Union. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  16. ^ a b "Result 1500m Men". International Skating Union. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  17. ^ "Classification Men". International Skating Union. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.

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