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Kodaira zooms to third medal

Kyodo

Speedskater Nao Kodaira completed a winning treble in taking the women’s 1,000 meters gold on Sunday, the final day of the single-distance national championships.

Kodaira, who helped Japan win the Vancouver Olympic team pursuit silver medal and claimed both the 500 and 1,500 on Saturday, powered home in 1 minute, 16.47 seconds — the fastest time in Japan — to win the 1,000 title for the third year in a row.