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Sunday, 15 March 2009 

 

On the fourth and final day of the World Single Distances Championships in Richmond, both the men and the women competed for the medals in the 500m and the Team Pursuit.

 

In the first distance of the day, the women¿s 500m, Beixing Wang finished first in 37.78, where Jenny Wolf needed 38.03 to come in second. However, in the second 500m, Wolf skated to 37.72, beating Wang¿s time of 38.09, and consequently Wolf finished first overall. Wang claimed the overall silver medal, and the bronze was for Sang-Hwa Lee.

 

In the first men¿s 500m, Kang-Seok Lee skated to 34.80, the second 500m was won by Mika Poutala (34.86). Overall, Kang-Seok Lee finished first as well, the silver medal was for Kyou-Hyuk Lee and Fengtong Yu claimed the bronze, making it an all-Asian podium.

 

The Canadian women raced a very strong Team Pursuit and finished first in 2:58.25. The Dutch women, last year¿s world champions, came in second (3:02.02) and Japan took the bronze (3:04.06).

 

On the men¿s side, the Dutch claimed the gold in the Team Pursuit, like last year, after skating to a 3:41.26. The silver medal was for Sweden (3:45.73), the United States finished third (3:46.07).

 

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Saturday, 14 March 2009

 

Three distances were scheduled for the third day of the World Single Distances Championships: the women’s 1000m and 5000m and the men’s 10k.

 

After winning the overall World Cup in the 1000m last weekend in Salt Lake City at the World Cup Finals, Christine Nesbitt also claimed the gold medal in this distance at the World Championships today. She finished in a time of 1:16.28. She was joined on the podium by Anni Friesinger (silver) and Margot Boer (bronze).

 

Next was the men’s 10k, which was convincingly won by Sven Kramer in 12.55.32. Håvard Bøkko finished second and Bob the Jong claimed the bronze.

 

In the women’s 5000m, Martina Sablikova finished first, though she experienced some trouble shortly before her start when Masako Hozumi accidentally skated into her. Sablikova needed 6:57.84 to complete the distance. The silver medal in the women’s 5000m was for Clara Hughes, Kristina Groves claimed the bronze.

 

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Friday, 13 March 2009

Lots of surprises on the second day of the World Single Distances Championships in Richmond, both pleasant and unpleasant ones. In the first distance of the day, the men’s 1000m, Trevor Marsicano was crowned world champion after racing to a new track record time of 1:08.96. Like yesterday for the 1500m, he was joined on the podium by Denny Morrison (silver) and Shani Davis (bronze).

 

In the women’s 1500m, Kristina Groves raced to the fastest time of the day, but was disqualified after a lane violation. The gold medal went to Anni Friesinger (1:58.66). Silver and bronze were for respectively Ireen Wüst and Christine Nesbitt.

 

Sven Kramer finished first in the men’s 5000m (6:16.20), the silver medal was for Håvard Bøkko, and there was another medal for Trevor Marscicano.

For complete results see here.

For video highlights click here.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

After his fabulous world record in the 1500m last weekend, at the World Cup in Salt Lake City, Shani Davis was crowned world champion in the same distance at the World Single Distances Championships in Richmond today. At the oval that will be the venue of the Olympic long track speed skating events next season, Davis raced to a new track record time of 1:46.17. The silver medal was for Trevor Marsicano, who needed 1:46.30, and Denny Morrison, last year’s world champion in this distance, completed the podium with his 1:47.05, making it a copy of last weekend’s 1500m podium.

In the women's 3000m Renate Groenewold finished first in a time of 4:05.43. Click here for a video of her race.

For more video material click here.

For complete results click here.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Another day, another world record. After his world record in yesterday’s 1500m, Shani Davis also skated a world record in today’s 1000m at the World cup Finals in Salt Lake City. He improved Pekka Koskela’s 1:7.00 and brought it down to 1:06.42. Moreover, Davis took the gold medal in the overall World Cup classifications for this distance. Also noteworthy are Trevor Marsicano’s performances in Salt Lake City. Yesterday he skated a new personal best time in the 1500m (1:42.31), which was good for a silver medal, and today he added another silver medal with another personal best time. He brought his old personal best in the 1000m (1:09.16) down to 1:06.88 and was the first to ever finish the 1000m under 1:07. Last week Speedskating-online talked to Marsicano. Click here to read this interview. Denny Morrison completed the 1000m podium with a new personal best time of 1:07.11, making the 1000m podium a copy of yesterday’s 1500m.

In the first distance of the day, the women’s 500m, Beixing Wang finished first (37.25); Jenny Wolf took the gold medal in the overall World Cup classifications for the 500m. The women’s 1500m was won by Kristina Groves in a time of 1:54.08 and she also finished first in the overall World Cup classifications for the 1500m. In fact, the Canadian  women dominated in this distance this season, finishing first, third, fourth and fifth overall. Sven Kramer stepped on the highest step of the podium for his gold medal in the 5000m. He finished the distance in a new track record time of 6:06.64 and also finished first in the overall classifications for this distance.

For complete results see here.

Click here for video highlights of the World Cup Finals in Salt Lake City, day 2
(world record Davis 1000m, highlights 1000m men, 500m women, winning race 5000m men, interview Fabris).

Friday, 6 March 2009

The first day of the World Cup Finals in Salt Lake City kicked off with an amazing new world record for Shani Davis in the 1500m. He crushed Denny Morrison’s old world record of 1:42.01 and brought it down to 1:41.80. Davis also finished first in the overall world cup classifications for the 1500m.

Earlier today Fengtong Yu claimed the gold medal in the men’s 500m (34.37). He also finished first in the overall world cup classifications for this distance. In the women’s 1000m, Anni Friesinger stepped on the highest step of the podium after racing to 1:13.86, the overall world cup was for Christine Nesbitt. And finally, Martina Sablikova took the gold in today’s 3000m (3:58.62) as well as in the overall world cup classifications.

Click here for video highlights of the World Cup Finals in Salt Lake City, day 1
(world record Davis 1500m, winning race 500m men and 1000m women).

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