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Fredricks wins 500 race at speedskating World Cup

Fredricks wins 500 race at speedskating World Cup

Tucker Fredricks won the men's 500 meters Saturday at the speedskating World Cup to stretch his lead at the top of the season standings with just one meet to go.
Fredricks finished in 35.71 seconds, shaving more than six-tenths of a second off the time that left him in a disappointing 19th place in Friday's 500. Michel Mulder of the Netherlands was second and Joji Kato of Japan third.
The win Saturday at a packed Thialf oval gave Fredricks a 99-point lead over Kato with two races to go next weekend at the World Cup finals in Berlin.
German sprint queen Jenny Wolf won the women's 500 in 37.93 to return to the top of the 500 standings, overtaking Lee Sang-hwa, who is not skating in Heerenveen this weekend.
Yu Jing of China was second and Heather Richardson of the United States recorded her second third place of the weekend.
World all-around champion Ireen Wust comfortably won the women's 1,500. With main rival Christine Nesbitt not racing, Wust clocked 1 minute, 56.01 seconds to beat second-place Marrit Leenstra by 1.34 seconds. Diane Valkenburg made it a sweep of the medal podium for the Netherlands by finishing third.
Wust now has an almost unassailable lead of 90 points over Nesbitt in the World Cup standings.
Veteran Bob de Jong won the 10,000, putting in two blistering final laps to overhaul young challenger Jorrit Bergsma, edging him by less than a second at the line. Havard Bokko was third, more than 13 seconds slower than De Jong.


Updated : 2021-06-13 11:30 GMT+08:00