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On 25 November 2015 at 17:36 | updated on 27 November 2015 at 09:11

Recap of the 2015 Worlds of Speed Skating

Recap of the 2015 Worlds of Speed Skating

The 2015 edition of the World Championships of Speed Skating came to an end last Sunday in the streets of Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei. 41 national delegations made the trip for the event. Let's compare the results of 2014 and 2015...

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Number of decorated countries

La Colombie, reine de la piste

This is an interesting first point, there is a bigger number of participating countries in 2015 (33 in 2014 vs 41 this year) but the same number of decorated countries as last year. This means that a smaller proportion of countries got medals this year, compared to Rosario 2014.

1st — Colombia winning more that half of the world titles

Colombia has been the leader in the medal ranking for years. Its national team dominates the worlds, just like Italy in artistic skating. This year, Colombia won 2 more medals, but -most importantly- 5 more titles! Which is nearly a third of the total medals and over 54% of the titles! Amongst the medal getters for Colombia: Luz Karime Garzon (junior women's), Andres Jimenez, Johana Viveros, Juan Sebastian Sanz, Juan Perez, Geiny Pajaro, Jaime Uribe, Alvaro Carrasquilla, Yersi Puello, Edwin Estrada... The list goes on!

2nd — South Korea's comeback

After getting 8th place in the 2014 general medal ranking, South Korea made a strong come back in Kaohsiung, taking 2nd place from France. Korea won 7 titles in Kaohsiung (against only 1 title in Rosario), including the junior and senior men's titles in relay and the junior women's on track. Yewoon Choi also won the 1000 m junior women's and Yu Ga Ram the 10 km point race on road.

3rd — France comfortably sitting on the podium

After historical results in 2014 (the best in 10 years), France finishes 3rd in the world championships. The Alexis Contin / Ewen Fernandez pair remains the best medal getter of the French. Elton de Souza took 3rd place in the marathon for the second time (he also finished 2nd in the track relay with Contin and Fernandez).

La France, toujours bien placéeIn the Junior category, Quentin Giraudeau faced tougher opponents.

In the women's, efforts finally paid off for Clémence Halbout who got her first world silver medal, in a pouring rain.

4th — Italy, steady

One medal behind its result from last year, Italy keeps its 4th place in the world ranking. Despite missing stars like Francesca Lollobrigida or Erika Zanetti, the Squadra Azzurra could count on promising juniors like Daniel Niero, Giulia Bongiorno, Ricardo Passarotto...

5th — Venezuela

With 2 titles and 9 medals, Venezuela assert themselves a bit more each year. Sebastian Paredes showed up, especially in taking 3rd place in the junior men's 1000 m. Jhoan Guzman also did the job in the relay and in the 500 m on track where he got 2nd place.

Special mention — Chinese Taipei, more medals but less titles

With 'their' worlds at home, Chinese Taipei won 19 medals against 10 in 2014. Yet, they finished 7th in the general ranking, while they were 3rd in Rosario 2014. The locals won only one title in 2015, against 5 last year. Despite less success, they still did a great feat with 8 silver medals (YangHo-Chen, Chang Yu-Hsin, Chuang Shao-Chun...) and 12 bronze medals, including those of LiuYi-Hsuan, Tai Wei-Lin, Lee Yu-Sheng...

The rising nations

Chile doing it again

Une compétition internationaleChile renewed their 2014 results thanks to Maria Jose Moya who stepped on the podium of the 100 m.

The USA: A renewal?

The USA made a shy comeback in the ranking thanks to a few silver medals, won by Erin Jackson on the 100 m and by Francesca Bell on 1000 m. The American women seem to be the future of speed skating in the USA.

Dominican Republic: The feat of Mauricio Darcia

One may think that the gap is still widening between the nations and yet new decorated countries enter the list, like the Dominican Republic, with a first medal won by Mauricio Garcia.

Switzerland stepping on a podium

Switzerland hadn't got a single medal in 2014, Lokas Lida seized the silver this year.

Ecuador

This Central America country had won only one bronze medal in Rosario, its national team brought back the complete collection this year (gold, silver and bronze), with a title for Jorge Bolanos in the 10 km point race.

Receding nations

Germany: 6th in 2014 and 12th in 2015

The Germans had their best athletes taking a step back compared to 2014. Simon Albrecht was less sharp, just like Felix Rijhnen who finished 4th several time. Mareike Thum got bronze on the 1000 m.

Belgium, 6th without Bart Swings

Belgium went from 4th to 6th in the general ranking, with Bart Swings missing. Nonetheless, they could count on the energetic Sandrine Tas or even Stien Vanhoutte.

The Netherlands: 7th in 2014 and 9th ex-aequo in 2015

The Nethelanders collected only one medal thanks to Chris Huizinga. The absence of skaters like the Mulder brothers or Manon Kamminga certainly influenced the outcome.

Spain: Ioseba Fernandez saving the face

Ioseba Fernandez must have felt lonely this year in the worlds of speed skating without Paxti Peula or Sheila Posada Guerra. Ioseba managed to seize the Bronze in the 100m. Spain fell from 10th to 15th in the rankings.

What about 2016?

The 2016 speed skating worlds will happen in Nankin (China). It is very likely that we will find the same nations on the start line. China will probably want to do better than the last 2 years and could surprise us.

Un peu de tourisme à Kaohsiung (Chine Taipei)

Comparative medal rankings of 2014 and 2015

           2014 World Championships

Pos. NationMédaille d'orMédaille d'argentMédaille de bronze Total
01COLCOL
2114843
02FRAFRA75
921
03TPETPE52310
04BELBEL3227
05ITAITA24511
06GERGER2226
07NEDNED201
3
08KOR
KOR15911
09VENVEN13
48
10ESPESP1214
11NZLNZL1203
12CHLCHL1001
13ARGARG0527
14USAUSA0112
15ECUECU0011
15CHNCHN0011
15PORPOR0011

   2015 World Championships

Pos. Nation
Médaille d'or Médaille d'argent
Médaille de bronze Total
égal
01COLCOL
hausse26baisse11
égal
8hausse45
hausse
02KORKORhausse
7baisse6hausse10hausse
23
baisse
03FRAFRAbaisse4hausse8baisse3baisse12
hausse
04ITAITAhausse3baisse3hausse4baisse
10
hausse05VENVENhausse2hausse
5baisse2hausse
6
baisse06BELBELbaisse
2baisse0égal
2baisse
4
baisse
07TPETPEbaisse1hausse8baisse12hausse19
hausse
08ECUECUhausse
1hausse1égal1hausse
3
hausse
09CHLCHLégal
1égal0égal0égal
1
baisse
09NEDNEDbaisse1égal0baisse0baisse1
hausse11USAUSAégal0hausse3égal1hausse4
baisse12GERGERbaisse0baisse1hausse3baisse4
hausse13SUISUIégal0hausse1égal0hausse1
hausse13DOMDOMégal0hausse1égal0hausse1
baisse15ESPESPbaisse0baisse0égal1baisse1
égal15CHNCHNégal0égal0égal1égal1
baisse15ARGARGégal0baisse0baisse1baisse1

Useful links

All photos of the 2015 Worlds of Speed Skating

Visit our page on the 2015 Worlds of Speed Skating

2014 Medal Report

By Lonesomesoul
Translation: Chloe Seyres
Photos : Kevin Lesueur and Christophe Pierredon
mediaskates.com

Released  on 25 November 2015 - Read 7982 times


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