• Kyodo


Canada’s Jeremy Wotherspoon stormed home to win the men’s 1,000 meters on Sunday and claimed his third overall title at the speed skating World Sprint Championships.

Wotherspoon clocked 1 minute, 9.21 seconds, edging out Dutchman Erben Wennemars (1:09.45) and American 500-meter joint winner Casey Fitzrandolph (1:09.76) to accumulate a winning total of 139.820 points in the two-day event at Hamar Olympic Hall.

Reigning Olympic champion Hiroyasu Shimizu of Japan, who garnered his first major win of the season after sharing first in the 500 with Fitzrandolph, was 15th in 1:10.76 in the 1,000 and finished ninth overall with 141.775 points.

It was the first time in four years that a Japanese skater had finished outside the top three in the overall standings. Wotherspoon, who won Saturday’s 500 and was third in Sunday’s race, finished more than a point clear of Fitzrandolph who totaled 140.605 with Canadian Michael Ireland taking third on 140.830.

In the women’s, Catriona LeMay-Doan of Canada topped the table with 152.689 points with Nuyt second on 153.420 and Anzhelika Kotyuga of Belarus third with 153.635.

Japan’s Sayuri Osuga was eighth overall while Eriko Sammiya, who finished second in last season’s championships, had to settle for 14th place.

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