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Kulizhnikov wins men's 500 and 1000 speedskating World Cups

Pavel Kulizhnikov of Russia wins men's 500-meter and 1000-meter speedskating World Cup titles

In this picture taken with fisheye lens Mirko Giacomo Nenzi of Italy competes during his first run of  the men's  500 meter distance at the Speedskati...
Winner Brittany Bowe of the USA competes during the women\s 1,500 meter distance at the Speedskating World Cup in Erfurt, Germany, Saturday, March 21,...
Winner Brittany Bowe of the USA competes during the women's  1,500 meter distance at the Speedskating World Cup in Erfurt, Germany, Saturday, March 21...
Overall World Cup Winner winner Pavel Kulizhnikov of Russia, center, celebrates besides the second placed Kjeld Nuis of Netherlands, left, and the thi...

Germany Speedskating World Cup

In this picture taken with fisheye lens Mirko Giacomo Nenzi of Italy competes during his first run of the men's 500 meter distance at the Speedskati...

Germany Speedskating World Cup

Winner Brittany Bowe of the USA competes during the women\s 1,500 meter distance at the Speedskating World Cup in Erfurt, Germany, Saturday, March 21,...

Germany Speedskating World Cup

Winner Brittany Bowe of the USA competes during the women's 1,500 meter distance at the Speedskating World Cup in Erfurt, Germany, Saturday, March 21...

Germany Speed Skating World Cup

Overall World Cup Winner winner Pavel Kulizhnikov of Russia, center, celebrates besides the second placed Kjeld Nuis of Netherlands, left, and the thi...

ERFURT, Germany (AP) -- Pavel Kulizhnikov of Russia clinched the men's 500 and 1000-meter speedskating World Cup titles on Saturday.

Kulizhnikov finished the 500 in 34.71 seconds, beating Dutch skaters Michel Mulder and Gerben Jorritsma for his eighth win of the season. The Russian has an unassailable 279-point lead over Canada's Laurent Dubreuil ahead of Sunday's final race.

Kulizhnikov's fourth place in the 1,000 was enough to claim that title by 29 points from Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands. Canada's Denny Morrison won in 1:09.07, beating Nuis by 0.35 and compatriot Vincent De Haitre by 0.40.

Dutch skater Jorrit Bergsma won the men's 5,000 for his third successive World Cup title.

Marrit Leenstra's fourth place in the women's 1,500 was enough to take the title by 10 points from race winner American Brittany Bowe.


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