Bart Swings (BEL) broke the mold in the final event of the ISU European Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen. Before the men's Mass Start all 13 titles had gone to the Netherlands or Russia, but in the final event Swings won an historic first ever international speed skating title for Belgium. Earlier on Sunday the Netherlands had taken Team Pursuit gold and Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) had retained his European 1000m title with a spectacular track record.
Russia dominates the sprint distances, while the Netherlands rules the endurance events at the European Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen. In the men's tournament Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) and Patrck Roest (NED) lived up to the expectations winning the 500m and the 5000m on the second day and in the women's competition Olga Fatkulina (RUS) seized 500m gold with Esmee Visser (NED) successfully defending her title in the 3000m.
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