Results of the ISU speed skating World Cup
Dutch speed skater Stefan Groothuis has scored his second World Cup victory in under 24 hours at this weekend’s championships in the Chinese city of Changchun. In the men’s 1000 metres, he clocked a time of 1:09.39 beating fellow Dutchman Simon Kuipers by 0.72 of a second. South Korean skater Lee Kyou-hyuk won the bronze medal with a time of 1:10.13.
On Saturday Stefan Groothuis also won the gold medal in the first men’s 1000 meters race, with a time of 1:09.57. Groothuis’ second World Cup victory of the season has consolidated his lead in the world rankings. He now has a 40-point lead over his rival Kuipers.
In the women’s 500 metres, South Korean skater Lee Sang-hwa also scored her second world cup victory in a row on Sunday with a time of 38.22 beating her Chinese rival Jing Yu by 0.05 of a second: 38.27. German skater Jenny Wolf won the bronze in a time of 38.44, suffering her second defeat of this year’s World Cup season. Best Dutch skater in the women’s 500 metres was Margot Boer who ended in fifth place with a time of 38.77
n the second men’s 500 metres race, Dutch skater Jan Smeekens won silver with a time of 35.27, 0.01 of a second too slow for victory. US skater Tucker Fredricks 35.26. South Korean Lee Kyou-hyuk took the bronze in 35.32. This is the second time Smeekens has failed to win a world cup victory by 0.01 of a second. On 19 November, Japanese skater Joji Kato beat him by the same margin in Berlin.
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