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Sablikova wins 3,000m again in speedskating World Cup

Martina Sablikova wins 3,000m at speedskating World Cup for 4th time this season

Sablikova wins 3,000m again in speedskating World Cup

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won her fourth consecutive 3,000-meter race of the speedskating World Cup season at Thialf Oval on Friday.

Olympic champion Sablikova, racing in the last pair, finished in 4 minutes, 3.50 seconds, nearly two seconds faster than second-place Annouk van der Weijden of the Netherlands, who skated in the third pairing. Russian skater Olga Graf was third.

Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea won the first women's 500 of the weekend in 37.59 seconds to solidify her lead atop the World Cup standings.

Lee, who won both 500s last weekend in Inzell, was .27 of a second faster than second-place Brittany Bowe. Bowe's American teammate Heather Richardson-Bergsma was third.

Updated : 2021-09-18 04:14 GMT+08:00