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Southwell Speed skater Freddie Polak invited to Europa Cup finals


By Connor Thompson


Freddie Polak’s recent form has earned him an invitation to the Europa Cup finals.

Polak, 12, a student at the Minster School, Southwell, raised eyebrows in the StarClass series, and as a result of his good performances, will compete in Rostock, Germany, later this month.

The Bleasby speed skater currently holds category E 500m, 333m and 222m British records, but failed to replicate his past success in his most recent outing.

FREDDIE POLAK (left) has been invited to the Europa Cup.
FREDDIE POLAK (left) has been invited to the Europa Cup.

Competing in Hasselt, Belgium, in the Speculaas Cup Junior D category, Polak got off to a bad start, failing to qualify from the heats in the 777m race, finishing 12th.

However, the second day was a massive improvement.

Polak finished second in the 500m and followed it up with a third-placed finish in the 1,000m super-final.

That gave him an overall position of second (out of 19 skaters) and a place on the podium.

Arty Clary, of Nottingham, the only other British competitor, finished sixth.



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