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Nesbitt, Wolf, de Jong win speedskating WCup races

 Heather Richardson of the U.S. skates during the women's 500 meter race at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011...
 Bob de Jong of Netherlands skates during the men's 5000 meter race at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Jon...
 Christine Nesbitt of Canada skates during the women's 1500 meter race at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. ...

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Heather Richardson of the U.S. skates during the women's 500 meter race at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011...

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Bob de Jong of Netherlands skates during the men's 5000 meter race at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Jon...

Russia Speedskating World Cup

Christine Nesbitt of Canada skates during the women's 1500 meter race at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. ...

Dutch veteran Bob de Jong set a track record Saturday to win a men's 5,000-meter speedskating World Cup race _ his third of four this season.
The Turin Olympic 10,000-meter champion clocked 6 minutes, 19.43 seconds on the Krylatskoye Ice Stadium oval, shaving 3.88 seconds off the old mark set by Oystein Grodum of Norway during the 2005 All-around World Championships.
European champion Ivan Skobrev of Russia was 1.73 seconds behind for second. Norway's Havard Bokko finished third, 3.36 seconds behind the winner.
De Jong leads the standing with 360 points after four of six races. Skobrev is second with 280, followed by Bokko with 236.
Christine Nesbitt won the women's 1,500-meter race to remain unbeaten at the distance this season.
The Canadian, who won her maiden sprint world championship title last Sunday, timed 1 minute, 56.80 seconds for her fourth straight World Cup victory at the distance.
Vancouver Olympic champion Ireen Wust finished second, 0.13 seconds behind while bronze medalist Martina Sablikova was another 0.57 seconds behind for third.
"I could have run faster today but couldn't keep the pace at the last lap," Nesbitt said. "I felt tired after the world championships."
Nesbitt leads the standings with 400 points with two races left in the season, followed by Marrit Leenstra with 246 and Wust with 230.
Jan Smeekens of the Netherlands won his first World Cup race of the season by edging Akio Ota and Tucker Fredricks in the men's 500.
Smeekens finished in 34.93 seconds, 0.09 seconds ahead of Ota of Japan. The American was another 0.04 seconds behind for third and moved to the third place in the standings with 540 points from 10 of 12 races. Joji Kato of Japan leads with 615, followed by South Korea's Lee Kang-seok with 590. Both skipped the event on Moscow.
In the women's 500, world record-holder Jenny Wolf of Germany earned her 45th World Cup win and seventh of this season in the division.
The Vancouver Olympic silver medalist won in 38.01. Margot Boer was second, 0.48 seconds behind. Heather Richardson finished in third in 38.57.
With two races left, Wolf has an insurmountable 270-point lead in the 500-meter standings over second place Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea.


Updated : 2021-04-15 19:52 GMT+08:00