Mulder wins second 500 m, Otterspeer continues to lead in NK sprint

Ronald Mulder has won the second 500 meters at the NK sprint in Thialf. The 34-year-old skater from Team Reggeborgh was victorious with a time of 34.80 seconds. Classification leader Hein Otterspeer set the third fastest time: 34.91. With a large margin of 1.11 seconds on the closest attacker Dai Dai N’tab, the 32-year-old sprinter of Team Jumbo-Visma starts the final 1000 meters.

Thomas Krol, the number 2 in the standings, eliminated himself in the title race. He crashed on the last straight. Partly because of this, Otterspeer has his third Dutch sprint title up for grabs.

Mulder, the 2017 champion, saw his title chances evaporate on Saturday in the first 500 meters due to an incorrect substitution of teammate Kjeld Nuis, who was disqualified after the race. De Zwollenaar was allowed to ride again and without an opponent he managed to set the third fastest time (34.86). After that, Mulder could not fire again on the first 1000 meters: 1.10.49 (eleventh).

Mulder is in fourth place after three distances, at 2.36 behind Otterspeer. Kai Verbij is number 3 of the rankings, at 1.49 from the leader. On Sunday he was fourth fastest in the 500 meters (35.02). N’tab, Saturday winner with a time of 34.79, set the second fastest time in the second moto (34.85).


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