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Sablikova wins 3,000-meter World Cup races

 Jenny Wolf of Germany skates during the women's 500 meter race at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Moscow's Krylatskoye indoor stadium in Moscow, R...

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Jenny Wolf of Germany skates during the women's 500 meter race at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Moscow's Krylatskoye indoor stadium in Moscow, R...

Olympic champion Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic set a track record Friday to win a women's 3,000-meter speedskating World Cup race.
Sablikova clocked 4 minutes, 4.03 seconds at the Krylatskoye Ice Stadium, shaving 1.61 seconds off the old mark set by Claudia Pechstein of Germany during a World Cup meet in 2008.
Ireen Wust of the Netherlands finished second in 4:05.41, followed by Canada's Brittany Schussler, who was another 5.04 seconds behind.
With the victory, Sablikova moved to second place in the discipline standings with 260 points from four races. The Czech is 15 points behind leader Stephanie Beckert of Germany, who retained her lead despite falling less then 500 meters left in the race on Friday.
Jilleanne Rookard of the United States finished eighth and moved to third place in the standings with 236 points.
Earlier, Pekka Koskela of Finland won his second race of the season by edging Jamie Gregg and Jasques de Koning in the men's 500-meter event.
Koskela finished in 35.15 seconds, 0.08 seconds ahead of Gregg. De Koning was another 0.01 seconds behind for third.
In the women's 500, world record holder Jenny Wolf of Germany earned her 44th World Cup win and sixth of this season in the division.
The Vancouver Olympic silver medalist won in 37.90 seconds. Margot Boer was second in 38.56 and Heather Richardson was third in 38.57.
"I had a worthy opponent, Margot Boer, who forced me to run faster, at full strength" said Wolf. "It seems to me that I have kept the level of the recent world championships, and maybe even added a bit."
Ivan Skobrev of Russia won the men's 1,500 in 1:45.49. The European champion edged Danny Morrison of Canada by 0.76 seconds to mark his first World Cup victory this season.
Olympic champion Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands was third in 1:46.59.
The sixth stop on the eight-leg World Cup continues with more races through the weekend.


Updated : 2021-06-24 05:33 GMT+08:00