Sunday 26 March 2023

And the relays make five: Dutch women win all short track skating titles

The mixed relay team celebrate their win. Photo: Iris van den Broek ANP

Dutch women speed skaters won all five gold medals open to them at the world short track championships in Seoul, South Korea this weekend.

Golds (and a clean Dutch sweep) in the 500 metres and the 1,500 metres were followed by the 1,000 metres on Saturday and then the 3,000 metres relay and the mixed relay on Sunday.

Xandra Velzeboer, 21, takes home four gold medals, having won all but the 1,500 metres – which went to Suzanne Schulting. She leaves Seoul with three golds.

Watch the 3000 metres relay

The men’s team had a more disappointing competition, with Jens van ‘t Wout taking home the only solo medal – bronze in the 500 metres.

Van ‘t Wout and Teun Boer were part of the winning mixed relay team together with Velzeboer and Schulting.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation. has been free for 16 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.