Femke Kok was the first Dutch speed skater ever to win the World Cup classification in the 500 meters on Sunday. The twenty-year-old Friezin won a World Cup match in Heerenveen for the fourth time in a row and thus secured first place in the classification by the shortest distance.
The Dutch top talent drove on Sunday with 37.33 her slowest 500 meters in a World Cup race this season, but it was enough to refer the Russian Angelina Golikova (37.38) to the silver. Daria Kachanova seized the bronze with 37.63.
On Saturday, Kok was also the fastest on the ice of Thialf with 37.23. Last week she already won both 500 meters, also in Heerenveen.
With her four victories in a row, Kok finished with 240 points at the top of the world cup classification over 500 meters. Golikova finished second four times in a row and thus also finished in that place in the final classification, ahead of her compatriot Olga Fatkulina.
Michelle de Jong finished seventh on the last round of the World Cup season (37.87) and thus finished fourth in the final classification. Dione Voskamp (twelfth) and Isabelle van Elst (nineteenth) did not finish in the top ten. European sprint champion was missing in Heerenveen due to an injury.
Due to the corona pandemic, the World Cup season only lasts two weekends, in a ‘skating bubble’ in Heerenveen. Due to the corona crisis, the Asian skating teams did not participate in the World Cup competitions. In two weeks, the season in Thialf will close with the World Championship distances.