Essent ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championship. Day 3
On March 23, "Adler-Arena" continued to hold the Essent ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships staged by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee in cooperation with the Russian Skating Union (RSU) and the International Skating Union (ISU).
On the third day of the championships, medals were contested over 1000m and 5000m for women and 10000m for men.
Olga Faktulina earned Russia its second gold and third podium place in three days, beating Ireen Wüst (Netherlands) and Brittany Bowe (USA) over 1000m.
The medalists in the 5000m were the same as on the first day in the 3000m competition, but in a slightly different order. This time Martina Sábliková (Czech Republic) beat the main star of the World Championships (with 2 golds and 2 silvers) Ireen Wüst (Netherlands), while Claudia Pechstein (Germany) was in third place again.
38 female athletes fr om 14 countries took part in the competitions on March 23.
The Netherlands team made a clean sweep of the medals in the men's 10000m. Jorrit Bergsma, Sven Kramer and Bob de Jong took all the podium places, bringing the total number of medals won by the Netherlands to nine.
14 athletes from 10 countries took part in the men's competitions.
On March 24, the last day of the World Championships, the 500m races will be held for men and women as well as team pursuits.
Olga Fatkulina (Russia), gold medal women's 1000m:
"We are mentally ready to win. We are simply showing what we are capable of and delighting our fans who support us."
"The skating rink I like. It is quite bright and gives you good energy."
Alexei Kravtsov, President of the Russian Skating Union (RSU):
"Winning first place at the World championships is a result of methodical work over three years. We now face the task of repeating this success at the Olympic Games in Sochi."
Brittany Bowe USA, bronze medal women's 1000m:
"Very excited to be here to Sochi and get a taste of the Olympic atmosphere for the next year. Have good feelings about facility, staff – they all supports us. Race and ice is world-class level the venue is awesome! It’s my honor to be here next year."
Jorrit Bergsma Netherlands, gold medal men's 10,000m:
"It’s flashing in my head when thinking that it is the place wh ere I have to be good next year and I really want to skate here a good race."
"I really like how it’s organized here in Sochi: the arena and ice track are nice, atmosphere is warm."
Sven Kramer Netherlands, silver medal men's 10,000m:
"I’m very excited to be here. Many things are already done and look pretty good and I hope it`s getting better and better for the next year.”
“Everybody is working pretty hard and I believe that everything will be fine for next year."
Bob De Jong Netherlands, bronze medal men's 10,000m:
"Quite good to see Olympic area, tracks and atmosphere… and I must be here next year. The medals a year before the Olympics don’t winning automatically and we need work harder to be prepared for the next year."
Notes to the editor
"Adler-Arena" is intended for staging speed skating competitions. The ice rink has been specially designed so as to guarantee that the speed skaters can achieve the best possible times.
The height of the building is 24.7 m and length is 274 m, which is exactly the length of three football fields. The total area of the 3 ice tracks at the area is approximately equivalent to 3 hockey pitches.
The building is oval in shape with tinted gray-blue stained glass. Modern concrete technology was used for the construction of the support structures to provide the strength and safety of the building.