Femke Kok has mixed feelings about her World Cup success in the 500 meters. The twenty-year-old Dutch talent is of course happy with her victories, but finds it difficult that this makes her a favorite for the upcoming World Championship distances.
Kok booked her fourth victory in a row on the shortest distance in Heerenveen on Sunday and thus finished first in the World Cup classification. Last week she booked the first Dutch World Cup victory in the 500 meters since Annette Gerritsen in March 2011.
“I think it is really cool that I have won four times. I never thought I could do that before. I am really very happy with that”, said Kok to the NOS. She is a little less happy with the favorite role she now has.
“I try to handle it as best I can, but I find it difficult. A lot of people expect me to win every time, but that is very difficult. It is very close together.”
Result 500 meters women
- 1. Femke Kok: 37.33
- 2. Angelina Golikova (Russian): 37.37
- 3. Daria Kachanova (Russian): 37.63
- 4. Olga Fatkulina (Russian): 37.67
- 5. Vanessa Herzog (Oos): 37.77
‘I’m looking for a good feeling’
The young Frisian rode on Sunday with 37.33 her slowest 500 meters of this World Cup season. During her race in Thialf she noticed for the first time that there is still a lot of room for improvement.
“I notice that my opening went well again, I was very happy with that. Only the round did not go well. I was sorry that I had no opponent (Canadian Heather McLean did not start, ed.), Because then I feel at the intersection extra rushed “, said Kok.
“I just tried to make the most of it. I am looking for a good feeling and hope that I can go much faster on the lap at the World Cup and attack the corners well.”
The skating season will be concluded from 11 to 14 February with the World Championship distances, which are held in Heerenveen, just like the World Cup races. The Japanese Nao Kodaira will not defend her world title.