• Kyodo


Shihomi Shinya raced to gold in the women’s 500 meters Saturday, capturing her second victory in a World Cup at the season-opening Calgary meet.

News photoShihomi Shinya skates to victory in the women’s 500-meter race at a World Cup meet in Calgary, Alberta.

Shinya clocked 38.07 seconds for top honors, beating Anzhelika Kotyuga of Belarus by 0.08 seconds at the Olympic Oval while Marianne Timmer of the Netherlands followed in third with a time of 38.21.

Sayuri Osuga just missed a podium spot with a fourth-place finish in 38.32. In the men’s 500, Jeremy Wotherspoon set a new meet record in a time of 34.37 and came 0.05 second from breaking Hiroyasu Shimizu’s world record time to win the World Cup race.

Gerard van Velde of the Netherlands timed 34.59 for second while Russia’s Dmitry Lobkov came third in 34.63. Shimizu was fourth in 34.66.

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