Tension is rising in the Dutch Masters Cup!

At the second Dutch Masters Cup of this season, which took place on Saturday 7 January 2023 in Leeuwarden, 77 masters were at the start. In the ladies category we missed leader Thea Kroontje who had to cancel at the last minute due to illness. In the mens category, the numbers two and three of the intermediate classification, Bart Seffinga and Jan Boelen, were unfortunately absent. What will be the consequences for the intermediate ranking after this DMC-II?

Victory for Joke Wittenberg; Mijke Kanneworff takes over leadership

In the ladies category the victory went to Joke Wittenberg.  With 2.53.44 in the 1,500m she came to 98.15% of the world record Ladies70, which is hold since 2008 by the Russian Tatyana Sidorova with 2.50.23 (ice rink Erfurt). With this victory Joke gained the 100 points. Second, with 80 points was Monique Boerema. She approached 97.73% of the world record in the category L60 with her 1.34.69 on the 1.000 m. This world record, time 1.32.54 skated in Kolomna in 2020, is also held by a Russian lady, Tatyana Epaneshnikova. Mijke Kanneworff (L35) did good business with 70 points. Her time of 42.31 in the 500m she reached 96.90% of her own world record of 41.00, skated by her in Inzell last season.

Because both Joke and Monique has not started in DMC-I, Mijke now takes the leadership of the intermediate classification from Thea Kroontje. Anke Jannie Landman and Kaska Rogulska both move up one place in the intermediate classification and are now respectively 2nd and 3rd. Joke and Thea are number four, both with one victory but also one missed competition.

At DMC-III, the final, everything is still possible. Which master lady will become first, second and third in the final classification, depends entirely on the final on February 18 in Thialf!

Kees Verdouw has strengthened his leading position

With his second victory, Kees Verdouw (M75) strengthens his lead position in the classification. With 1.36.98 in the 1,000m he approached the world record at 96.98%. This world record (1.33.57) was skated by the Finn Pentti Kiiskinen in 2020 in Calgary. Jeroen Schoppink (M35) managed to obtain 80 points, the second place. With 40.21 on the 500 m, he came to 92.49% of the world record, 37.19 of Harry Pardijs is very sharp and is skated in 2013 (!) in Salt Lake City. Jan Mein (M65) also did a good job and earned 70 points, place 3. With 44.61 he reached 92.15% of the world record in his age category, which is 41.11 skated in Calgary by Victor van den Hoff, two years ago.

Due to the absence of Bart Seffinga and Jan Boelen, the intermediate classification is completely upside down with the exception of the leader Kees Verdouw. He has strengthened his position. After this race Jeroen Schoppink and Jan Mein are number two and three. Bart and Jan still hold positions four and five in the classification. In the men category the final podium will depend on the DMC-final on February 18!

Sponsor DMC 2022-2023: Jan van der Hoorn Schaatssport
Like last season Jan van der Hoorn of Ter Aar is again the sponsor of the Dutch Masters Cup. In addition to the jars, we also have beautiful vouchers for both the first three ladies and first three gentlemen that can be spent in the shop of Jan van der Hoorn Schaatssport.

Masters community

In addition to the battle for the top three and skating personal best times, it is above all the fun among the masters that makes time and time again the Dutch Masters Cup a true party. Missed this one? Then make sure you are there next time! The final will take place on Saturday 18 February in Heerenveen.

Results and intermediate classifications
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