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Sablikova dethrones Wust in worlds speedskating 3,000m

Sablikova dethrones Wust in worlds 3,000m, Jorrit Bergsma extends reign in 10,000m

Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic celebrates with the Czech flag after winning the women's 3,000 meter race of the speedskating single distance ...
The national flag is raised for gold medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic on the podium of the 3,000 meter race of the speedskating singl...
Silver medallist Ireen Wust of the Netherlands, left, gold medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, center, and bronze medallist Marije Joli...
Gold medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, front, competes against silver medallist Ireen Wust of the Netherlands, rear, during the women...
Gold medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic celebrates winning the women's 3,000 meter race of the speedskating single distance world champ...

Netherlands Speedskating Worlds

Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic celebrates with the Czech flag after winning the women's 3,000 meter race of the speedskating single distance ...

Netherlands Speedskating Worlds

The national flag is raised for gold medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic on the podium of the 3,000 meter race of the speedskating singl...

Netherlands Speedskating Worlds

Silver medallist Ireen Wust of the Netherlands, left, gold medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, center, and bronze medallist Marije Joli...

Netherlands Speedskating Worlds

Gold medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, front, competes against silver medallist Ireen Wust of the Netherlands, rear, during the women...

Netherlands Speedskating Worlds

Gold medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic celebrates winning the women's 3,000 meter race of the speedskating single distance world champ...

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Martina Sablikova beat defending champion Ireen Wust to take the women's 3,000 meters, and Jorrit Bergsma extended his reign as 10,000-meter champ on the first day of the speedskating single distance world championships on Thursday.

Czech skater Sablikova went head-to-head with her longtime Dutch rival and Olympic champion in the last pairing, and beat her by more than a second, conserving her energy to power away in the final lap. Wust's teammate, Marije Joling, finished third at the Thialf oval.

"I've won a lot in my career so only titles count. I've lost the gold," Wust said. "I started too fast."

In the 10,000, Olympic champion Bergsma cruised to victory in the absence of Sven Kramer, who did not compete in the longest men's distance.

Erik Jan Kooiman of the Netherlands was second, nearly eight seconds slower than Bergsma, and Patrick Beckert of Germany finished third.

"I started well and built up a good lead," Bergsma said. "In the end it got tough, but I had enough left."


Updated : 2021-09-18 16:03 GMT+08:00