Dutch short track team conquers maximum number of Olympic starting places



The Dutch short track team has secured the maximum number of starting spots for the Beijing Winter Olympics. At the World Cup in Dordrecht, Sjinkie Knegt, Itzhak de Laat and Jens van ‘t Wout secured the only missing ticket by qualifying for the semi-finals at 1,500 meters.

On the first day of the Dutch World Cup, Knegt won his quarterfinals. De Laat was second behind his compatriot. Van ‘t Wout finished third in his heat.

The team of national coach Jeroen Otter is therefore allowed to go to the Olympic tournament in China with the maximum number of five men and five women. Three Dutch short trackers are allowed to start on all individual distances. Until today, the third starting permit for the men in the 1,500 meters was still missing.

Schulting and De Vries also by

All the starting tickets had already been received for the women. Suzanne Schulting and Rianne de Vries qualified for the semi-finals of the 1,500 meters in Dordrecht. Xandra Velzeboer finished fourth in her quarterfinals and was eliminated at the longest distance.

The World Cup in Dordrecht will last until Sunday. The finals are scheduled for Saturday. The semi-finals of the 1,500 meters will also be held on Saturday.

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