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Van Zundert achieves best Dutch result at the World Figure Skating Championships since 1984 | NOW

Lindsay van Zundert set the best Dutch performance at a World Figure Skating Championships in 37 years on Friday. The sixteen-year-old debutant rose by a personal record in the free freestyle from 24th to 16th place in Stockholm.

Van Zundert was the first to start in the free freestyle and the jury appreciated her clear performance with six triple jumps with a score of 116.78 points. With that she was very clever the number fifteen in the stand of only the free freestyle.

The young Brabant woman already surprised on Wednesday with a 24th place after the short freestyle. That was just enough for placement for the free freestyle.

With a total of 174.50 points, Van Zundert overtook eight competitors. Van Zundert’s sixteenth place is the best result of a Dutchman at the World Figure Skating Championships since the fourteenth place of the ice dance duo Marianne van Bommel and Wayne Deweyert in 1984.

The last Dutch woman to do better than Van Zundert was Dianne de Leeuw (bronze in 1976). With De Leeuw (1975) and Sjoukje Dijkstra (1962, 1963 and 1964), the world title went to the Netherlands four times.

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It was a historic World Cup for our country in several ways. With Daria Danilova and Michel Tsiba, a Dutch duo took part in the pair riding for the first time and Chelsea Verhaegh and Sherim van Geffen were the first Dutch couple in 37 years to compete in ice dancing. Danilova / Tsiba and Verhaegh / Van Geffen did not qualify for free freestyle or free dance.

Lindsay van Zundert skated a clear free freestyle.

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