The 30-year-old eye-catcher of Team IKO set the fifth fastest time with 4.07.65 minutes. That was enough to keep the first place in the standings, after her marked victory in the 500 meters (38.32).
On Sunday, Ter Mors defends a margin of 0.88 seconds on Antoinette de Jong in the 1500 meters. The defending champion set the second fastest time in the 3000 meters: 4.04.19.
Melissa Wijfje won the 3000 meters with a time of 4.03.10. She is in third place in the standings, 1.72 seconds behind Ter Mors.
Ter Mors did not know what to expect on the 3000 meters. The 2013 Dutch all-round champion has not trained for a second on the longer distances this season. She is preparing for the NK sprint next weekend in Thialf. In addition, the three-time Olympic champion mainly focuses on the 1000 and 1500 meters with a view to the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.
Ter Mors wants to take her second distance victory at this NK on Sunday at the 1500 meters. After that there is a chance that she will cancel for the 5000 meters. That endurance test may put too much strain on her physical condition for the rest of the season.
“But who knows?”, Ter Mors said with a laugh at the NOS. “In any case, the 3000 meters went very well. It had been a long time since I had driven that distance. However, I got into my swing. Only in my last lap did the acidification hit hard. However, I only see that as a great challenge. It is a good training stimulus for my 1500 meters. It is now a matter of good recovery and being fresh at the start on Sunday. Hopefully I can significantly increase my lead over the competition. Then we will see if it makes sense to still drive the 5000 meters. ”
Patrick Roest is the big favorite for the overall victory.
Patrick Roest won the 500 meters in the men. Thanks to a time of 36.46, the world champion all-round of Team Jumbo-Visma was just a bit faster than the returned Koen Verweij of Team Worldstream, who came to 36.59.
Tjerk de Boer (Team IKO) settled in between the two: with 36.56. His teammate – and also defending champion – Jan Blokhuijsen reached a time of 36.96 and came fourth.
Later in the afternoon the men drive the 5,000 meters.
Roest has never won the Dutch all-round title. This weekend in the almost empty Thialf he is also a candidate for victory on the other three distances (5000, 1500 and 10,000 meters).
Verweij withdrew three weeks ago for the NK distances, because he was not yet in shape. The Dutch all-round champion of 2014 ran a big training delay from August due to a hernia.
Six-time champion Sven Kramer is missing from Thialf. The 34-year-old Frisian did not feel fit enough to participate after a short flu attack.
Saturday, November 21
- 1.30 pm: 500 meters women
- 2:06 pm: 500 meters men
- 2.46 pm: 3,000 meters women
- 4:01 PM: 5,000 meters men
Sunday, November 22
- 1.45 pm: 1,500 meters women
- 2.39 pm: 1,500 meters men
- 3.32 pm: 5,000 meters women
- 4.26 pm: 10,000 meters men