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Speed ​​skating: Vanessa Herzog won EM bronze in the sprint all-around

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The speed skater from Tyrol confirmed the third intermediate place from the first day of the European Championships and took bronze behind Jutta Leerdam and Femke Kok from the Netherlands. The distances of 500 and 1,000 m were completed on both days. It was the second medal after gold in 2019 in a sprint all-around European Championship for Herzog.

In a direct duel with fourth-placed Marrit Fledderus, Herzog prevailed over 1,000 m by two tenths and thus prevented a triple victory for the Dutch women.

Bad start, good summary

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“The plan was to win a medal with four perfect races. Before the competition, I even assumed that the medal would only be possible in this way, but now things went a little differently,” said Herzog. As the day before, things were not going well for Herzog. In the first few meters of the 500m competition, the Tyrolean, who lives in Carinthia, stumbled slightly and cut her ankle with the sharp splint. “Unfortunately, that wasn’t a good start, but at least it was third place behind the two high-flyers,” she was quoted as saying in a broadcast.

In the final thousand, Herzog then secured the bronze medal with the fifth fastest time of the day: “I’ve also been to the European Championships, so I went home without a medal. From that point of view, with the medal around my neck, the summary is positive,” she smiled 27 year old.

Bad day for the men

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It was an unpleasant day for the male starters from Austria. Ignaz Gschwentner twice took 20th place in his races over 500 and 1,000 m, so the Tyrolean was only able to finish 19th after the four competitions. His teammate Gabriel Odor had to bury his dream of a top ten place in the all-round ranking after just a few meters. He fell in the first competition after 100 meters. Since the seconds are converted into points in the all-around, Odor no longer has a chance in the overall ranking.

For Austria’s speed skaters, things will continue in February with the last two World Cups, which will be held in Poland in a row. In March, the individual distance world championships in Heerenveen in the Netherlands are still waiting.

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