Suzanne Schulting is touted for success in the women's 1000m race in Debrecen ©Getty Images

The Netherland's Suzanne Schulting is chasing her third consecutive gold medal at the International Skating Union Short Track Speed Skating World Cup as the tournament heads to Debrecen in Hungary for its penultimate event.

The overall world and European 2021 champion won the women's 1000 metres race in Beijing last month before claiming the top prize in the 1500m event a week later in Nagoya in Japan.

Kristen Santos of the United States occupies second in the 1000m standings, 1,600 points behind Schulting, following her victory in Nagoya.

Schulting's fellow Pyeongchang 2018 gold medallist, Italy's Arianna Fontana, finds herself joint-leader of the women's 500m rankings alongside Natalia Maliszewska of Poland with the pair expected to produce a thrilling battle in Hungary.

France, Poland and hosts Hungary are among those who need points in the women’s 3000m relay.

All three currently sit outside the all-important top eight positions in the rankings, which provide a chance of qualification for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Denis Nikisha, front, leads the pack in the men's 500m overall standings after two third-place finishes ©Getty Images
Denis Nikisha, front, leads the pack in the men's 500m overall standings after two third-place finishes ©Getty Images

The Netherlands, meanwhile, are sitting comfortably in first with 18,000 points, with South Korea trailing behind on 14,400 points.

In the men's 500m, Kazakhstan's Denis Nikisha sits in pole position after two consecutive bronze medal finishes earlier in the season.

He is followed closely behind by Shaolin Sándor Liu of Hungary, who took gold in Beijing and will be hoping to use the home crowd support to his advantage.

Olympic bronze medallist, Canada's Pascal Dion, leads the men's 1000m but will have to be wary of Hwang Dae-heon.

The South Korean is the in-form short track skater with two golds, a silver and a bronze medal already to his name.

However, he was forced to withdraw from the 1000m quarter-finals in Nagoya due to injury.

The host nation leads the way in the men's 5000m relay on 14,400 points, ahead of China and Canada with 13,120 and 12,621 points, respectively.