• Kyodo


Shihomi Shinya shook off a cold to place third in the women’s 500 meters but failed in her bid to win two straight golds on the final day of the season-opening Calgary World Cup on Sunday.

News photoHiroyasu Shimizu skates to third place in the men’s 500-meter race in a World Cup meet in Calgary, Alberta.

Shinya, who won the 500 Saturday to claim her second World Cup career victory, sped around Calgary’s Olympic Oval in 38.08 seconds to place behind China’s Wang Manli and Anzhelika Kotyuga of Belarus, who clocked 38.00 and 38.07, respectively.

Sayuri Osuga placed fourth the second day in a row in a time of 38.32.

In men’s action, world record holder Hiroyasu Shimizu came third in 34.90 for his first podium finish of the meet but was again no match for Canada’s Jeremy Wotherspoon, who won his second gold in as many days in 34.78. Erben Wennemars of the Netherlands was second in 34.81.

In the women’s 1,000, American Jennifer Rodriguez won her second straight gold in the event in 1:15.28, while Aki Tonoike finished sixth in 1:16.89 for the top place among Japanese competitors.

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