Illustration photo – Speed skater Martina Sáblíková at a press conference, November 7, 2022.
Tomaszów Mazowiecki (Poland) – Speed skater Martina Sáblíková she returned the injury to the World Cup with a second place in the 3000 meters in Tomaszów Mazowiecki. The world record holder in Poland lost by just eight hundredths of a second to series leader Ragne Wiklund of Norway.
Thirty-five-year-old Sáblíková returned to racing after an injury in Calgary in December, where she cut her leg with her skates during a fall. Therefore, she missed the third part of the WC in Canada completely, in the fourth she started only on the 5000 meters track to qualify for the World Championships. Due to treatment, she also opted out of the European All-around Championship in January.
On the slower track in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Sáblíková was already in the fourth out of eight pairs with home Magdalena Czyszczonová. She took the lead with a time of 4:06.04 and then just waited to see if one of the competitors following her would overtake her. It was only possible in the last run of the favored Norwegian Wiklundová, who beat the three-time Olympic champion by less than a tenth of a second.