New track record set at the 2004 ING Olympic Oval Finale


A new track record in the 1500m was set by Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands in the men’s 1500m event on Day One of the 2004 ING Olympic Oval Finale long track competition. Countless athletes also celebrated personal best times as over 200 athletes compete in this 14th annual event. Speed skaters from Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, the US and Germany will take over the Oval for this five day event.

Groothhuis finished first in the men’s 1500m open event with a time of 1:44.98, setting a new Olympic Oval track record. Beorn Nijenhuis (NED) was second with a time of 1:45.02, while teammate Yuri Solinger was third with a 1:47.60. China’s Yu Li, who trains at the Oval set a new country record with a time of 1:48.67.
In the women’s 1500m open competition, China’s Beixing Wang who trains in the Oval Program was first with a new personal best time of 2:02.45. Kimiko Nurui (JPN) was second with a 2:03.27, and Shuang Zhang (CHN) was third with a time of 2:03.97.

In the All Round Short competition, the top three women marked personal best times in the 500m. Ireen Wuust (NED) was first time of 39.74, Ontario’s Christine Nesbitt was second with a 40.27, while Tessa vanDyk (NED) was third with a 41.55. In the men’s All Round Short 500m event, National Development Team and Oval Program member Denny Morrison was first with a new personal best time of 36.66. Japan’s Kazuaki Kobayashi was second with a time of 36.85, while Rintje Ritsma (NED) was third with a time of 37.09.

In the women’s All Round Long competition, the top seven skaters gained personal best times in the 500m. Jorien Voorhuis (NED) was first with a time of 40.90, while teammate Kinge Prinker was second (41.37) and Sweden’s Sara Andersson was third (41.89). National Development Team member Shannon Sibold was fifth with a personal best time of 42.90. In the 3000m, Voorhuis was first with a 4:14.37, and Sibold was second with another personal best time - a 4:20.68. Norway’s Maren Haugli was third with a time of 4:21.18.

In the men’s All Round Long competition, Calgarian Marcin Goszczynski was first in the 500m with a personal best time of 36.95. Poland’s Konrad Niedwiedzki was second with a 36.98, and Japan’s Fuminori Saikawa was third (37.07). In the 5000m, Sicco Janmaat (NED) was first with a time of 6:32.04 and teammate Rhian Ket was second with a 6:40.30, while Ontario’s Jamie Ivey was third with a time of 6:49.12.

Men’s and Women’s All Around Long and All Round Short competitions continue Thursday beginning at 10:00am. Don’t forget about our special event at 10:00am on Friday, March 12th – Dutch marathon skater Henk Angenent will attempt to break the 1 hour distance World Record at the Olympic Oval.

Racing times for particular athletes will also be available each day by calling Sharon at 403-220-5190 or Anne at 403-220-8158. For complete results, please visit www.oval.ucalgary.ca


For further information, please contact:

Anne Judin

403-220-8158 or akreeves@ucalgary.ca