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Herzog defends a place over 1,500m in Group A

Vanessa Herzog defended her place in Group A at the World Cup Heerenveen over 1500 meters with a thirteenth place and thus achieved her goal. The 27-year-old clocked a time of 1:57.25 minutes in “Thialf” on Saturday, as local champion Antoinette Rijpma-De Jong (1:53.73) beat her. On Sunday, sprint specialist Herzog will start in her leading discipline over the 500m.

“Before the season I didn’t expect to be in the top 15 here. It was really a big step forward that I took on this course,” said Herzog, who achieved her second-best World Cup finish over the distance. At one point, however, Herzog relegated, Carinthian by choice barely defending its place in Division A. “It was a great race today and overall a very efficient run for a sprint specialist,” beaming Herzog.

Gschwentner notches the top 20

In the men’s category, Ignaz Gschwentner ran the 500m in 36.22 seconds finishing 22nd in section B. “That was quite acceptable. After the start in Stavanger, I’m relieved that things went better here. But I’m not in a place that I want to be in it yet.” Over the 5,000m, Gabriel Odor finished 24th in Division B (6:36.83 min). On Sunday, Odor still has a 1,500m and team race with Gschwentner and World Cup debutant Alexander Warthofer.