Dutch speed skaters in the lead at Allround World Championships

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At the Allround Speed Skating World Championships at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, the Dutch are in the lead in both the men's and the women's competition.

Koen Verweij surprisingly took the lead on Saturday in the men's competition. He came second in the 5000 metre race and fifth in the 500 metres.

Overall, this puts him ahead of Russian skater Ivan Skobrev and fellow Dutchman Jan Blokhuijsen in third place.

US skater Shani Davis messed up his chances of a medal in a disappointing five kilometre race. The 2006 world champion is in sixth place.

Dutch skaters, Wouter Olde Heuvel and Renz Rotteveel are in eigth place and eleventh place respecitively. On Sunday, the men's competition will continue with the 1500-metre and the 10-kilometre races.

Current World Champion Dutchman Sven Kramer is unable to defend his title due to an injury in his right thigh.

In the women’s competition, Dutchwoman Ireen Wüst is in the lead. She came joint third in the 500 metres with Marrit Leenstra and ended in second place in the 3000 metres.

US skater Christine Nesbitt is in second place overall after she won the 500 metres and came eighth in the 3000 metres. Czech Marina Sábliková is in third place overall after winning the 3000 metres and coming 14th in the 500 metre race.

In the Dutch women's team, Marrit Leenstra is in fourth place overall, Diane Valkenburg in sixth place and Jorien Voorhuis in seventh.


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