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Richardson wins speedskating sprint double

Richardson wins speedskating sprint double

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 14, 2014 at 10:03 a.m.


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HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (AP) — Heather Richardson won the speedskating World Cup 1,500 and 500 meter races Sunday to add to her victory a day earlier in the 1,000.

Richardson's American teammate Brittany Bowe was second in both events, just as she was second in Saturday's 1,000. Marrit Leenstra of the Netherlands was third in the 1,500 and Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea was third in the 500.

Richardson won the 1,500 in one minute, 53.87 seconds, impressing Ireen Wust, who finished fourth.

"That is extremely fast," the Dutch skater said.

Jan Szymanski of Poland won the men's 1,500 in 1:45.92, beating Dutchman Wouter olde Heuvel into second. American veteran Shani Davis was third.

Sprinter Pavel Kulizhnikov also won his third race of the weekend, taking the second 500-meter race of the World Cup meet in 34.58 seconds. The Russian won the first 500 on Friday and added the 1,000 on Saturday.

Artur Was of Poland, the winner of both 500 races last week in Berlin, was second in Sunday's 500 and Jan Smeekens of the Netherlands finished third.

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