German speed skating women knocked off at World Cup

The German speed skaters did not play a role in awarding the medals on the second day of the individual distance World Championships either.

In the team pursuit, the German women’s trio with Lea Sophie Scholz, Michelle Uhrig (both Berlin) and Josie Hofmann (Erfurt) finished seventh in 3:08.13 minutes.

After gold in the team sprint, Canada again secured victory (2:54.58) – but only after a jury decision. At first the Oranje team apparently celebrated gold in the Dutch record time of 2:52.65 minutes.

However, the trio with Olympic champion Irene Schouten, Marijke Groenewoud and Joy Beune was disqualified because Beune had violated the safety regulations of the world ice sports association ISU.

“We’re making progress, but it’s difficult to find the same pace,” said national coach Geert Kuiper, adding: “It’s a long way back to the top.”

The gold medal for the men went to the Dutch trio. The German men had not qualified for the title fights.