Esmee Visser won the first gold medal for the Netherlands at the World Cup in Obihiro on Sunday. The TalentNED 22-year-old skater has triumphed in the 3,000 meters in a record: 4.04.60.
Russian Natalia Voronina finished second at 4.05.02 and Czech Martina Sáblíková took the bronze with 4.05.23.
Visser is Olympic champion in the 5,000 meters and European champion in the 3,000 meters. She made her official debut at the highest level on the World Cup circuit in Obihiro.
Last season she was only active in Group B in November in Norway. After that, Visser went through a surprising international advance, but at the World Cup she did not appear on the ice.
"This is a good start," Visser agreed. WE. "I did not really enjoy my race, especially because I did not go three times at the start, it was a bit rushed and confusing, also in terms of lap times that fluctuated a lot, I did not really see this victory coming."
"I do not see myself as the best, I still have to prove myself, which is why I was quite tense in advance, you can be Olympic champion, but this was actually my first world cup race in the A- "little getting used to it," says Visser.
Wüst ends on the sixth
Ireen Wüst had to settle for the sixth with a time of 4.06.13. Dutch champion Antoinette de Jong took the seventh time (4.06.57). Melissa Bitch (tenth in 4.07.15) and Reina Anema (thirteenth on 4.10.28) did not get close to the podium.
Olympic champion Carlijn Achtereekte is still missing in the field. She was unable to interfere in the battle for the first world cups of the season in Thialf two weeks ago for complaints in the stomach.
The Jumbo team skater waits in late December for the NK distances in Heerenveen again topfit at the start to appear.
There are no Dutch medals at 1,000 meters
The Austrian Vanessa Herzog wrote the 1,000 meters in her name. She did this on a job log: 1.14.56. Japanese Miho Takagi finished second in his own public at 1.14.82. His compatriot Nao Kodaira took the bronze with 1.14.84.
For Herzog (23), it was his third World Cup in total and his second in 1000 meters. Earlier this year, it was the fastest in the kilometer in Erfurt for the first time in the circuit of the World Cup.
Ireen Wüst was the best Dutchman in Obihiro in fifth place (1.15,34). Letitia de Jong (ninth at 1.16.22) and Jutta Leerdam (tenth at 1.16.29) also finished in the top ten.
Antoinette de Jong finished 11th (1.16.38) and Joy Beune landed in eighteenth place with a time of 1.18.10. Olympic champion Jorien ter Mors is missing from the field this season because of a knee injury.