The Netherlands lived up to their billing as one of speed skating's dominant forces on day two of the International Skating Union (ISU) Speed Skating World Cup in Heerenveen, winning five out of the six finals.
In the women's 1500 metres, Brittany Bowe of the United States was a clear winner ahead of the Dutch pair of Ireen Wüst and Antoinette de Jong, who joined her on the podium.
Bowe was the only non-Dutch winner today and further down, The Netherlands' Irene Schouten and Kazakhstan's Nadezhda Morozova set personal bests in sixth and seventh.
In the men's equivalent it was an all-Dutch podium, with Thomas Krol emerging with the gold medal on home ice.
Finishing more than a second ahead of his closest challenger, Krol was joined by team mates Patrick Roest and Kjeld Nuis in second and third, while Wesly Dijs and Louis Hollaar ensured The Netherlands locked out the top five.
Dutch skater Femke Kok set a new personal best to win the women's 500m gold medal in 37.089sec.
Russia's Angelina Golikova won the silver, while Heather McLean of Canada finished in third, 0.01 ahead of Russian Olga Fatkulina.
It's another gold for 🇳🇱 as Femke Kok wins the Netherlands' first 500m World Cup 🥇 since Annette Geritsen in 2011!— ISU Speed Skating (@ISU_Speed) January 23, 2021
Angelina Golikova 🇷🇺 and Heather Mclean 🇨🇦 take silver and bronze in the Ladies 500m.
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Another gold medal went the way of The Netherlands in the men's 500m, thanks to Dai Dai Ntab, the reigning European silver medallist.
Only 0.02 separated runner-up Laurent Dubreuil of Canada and fourth-place Polish skater Piotr Michalski.
Russia's Ruslan Murashov, the world champion in 2019, was sandwiched between the pair in third.
Schouten ensured it was another Dutch win in the women's mass start while Canada's Ivanie Blondin and Schouten's compatriot Marijke Groenewoud collected the silver and bronze medals respectively.
In the men's equivalent, The Netherlands finished the day on a high with a victory for Arjan Stroetinga.
Switzerland's Livio Wenger was the runner-up and Belgium's Bart Swings third.
This is the first of back-to-back ISU Speed Skating World Cups in Heerenveen, with the event due to conclude tomorrow.