The Netherlands were top relay qualifiers today in Dresden ©Getty Images

The Netherlands were the quickest qualifiers in all three relay categories today at the International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Dresden.

In the 2,000 metres mixed relay quarter-finals, the Dutch team of Selma Poutsma, Jens and Melle van'T Wout and Xandra Velzeboer were fastest in heat three, clocking a time of 2min 38.289sec, in front of second-fastest in the round - Pascal Dion, Rikki Doak, Felix Roussel and Renee Marie Steenge of Canada.

Heat one saw Belgium and Hungary qualify, with Poland and China coming through heat two and World Cup leaders South Korea and Italy in heat four.

Another marker was laid down in the women's 3,000m relay quarter-finals, with Suzanne Schulting, Yara van Kerkhof, and Michelle and Xandra Velzeboer winning heat three in the best time of the round - 4:09.631.

Hungary came through heat three with them, followed by South Korea and Poland in heat four.

Suzanne Schulting was part of the women's relay team to set the fastest time ©Getty Images
Suzanne Schulting was part of the women's relay team to set the fastest time ©Getty Images

World Cup leaders Canada qualified from heat one with United States, while China and France made it through too.

Once again, the Dutch team recorded the fastest time in the men's 3,000m relay.

The quartet of Itzhak de Laat, Friso Emons, Sjinkie Knegt and Jens van'T Wout recorded a time of 6:41.500, beating World Cup leaders William Dandjinou, Pascal Dion, Steven Dubois and Maxime Laoun of Canada to the line in heat one, with their challengers crossing the line in 6:42.316.

South Korea and Italy came through a quick heat three, while slower heats two and four saw qualification for China, Japan, Hungary and Kazakhstan.