In the fight for the place in the semi-finals, Krūzbergs was the last in his race until he broke into the third position in the penultimate lap, but in the finish, the Canadian Pascal Diona, who won the second place, was behind the skating court. Dions and the winner of the race, Hungarian Shaolin Shandor Liu, entered the semi-finals.
In the quarterfinals, Krūzbergs also started in the distances of 500 meters and 1500 meters, where he was also not in the semifinals. Ventspils finished 17th in 500 meters, but reached 22nd in 1500 meters.
Reinis Bērziņš was not in any distance until the quarterfinals, but Endijs Vīgants was injured in the first race and the competition could not continue.
During the World Cup season, the short track will score points in four stages to find out the participants of the Beijing Winter Olympics. The World Cup season began in Beijing’s ice arena, where the fight for Olympic medals will take place in February. The competition is also a test event to test the organizers’ readiness for the Olympic Games.
In the Olympic qualifiers, credit points can be earned in four stages of the World Cup, which will also take place in Japan, Hungary and the Netherlands by the end of November. Each participant in the qualification will be credited with the result in the three most successful of the four stages. Qualification takes place separately for each distance.
Both men and women in the Olympic Beijing will start with 32 participants in the 500-meter and 1000-meter distances, as well as 36 skaters in the 1500-meter and eight teams in the relay. 12 teams will compete for the Olympic prizes in the mixed relay.
The second stage of the World Cup season in a week will take place in Nagoya, Japan.
The Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022 will take place from February 4 to 20.
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