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Japanese speedskaters Joji Kato and Sayuri Yoshii each finished second Sunday in the final men’s and women’s 500-meter races, respectively, of the World Cup season.

Kato clocked 35.02 seconds, 0.06 behind Canadian winner Jeremy Wotherspoon, who clinched the overall World Cup 500-meter title for this winter with 788 points. Kato finished runnerup with 608.

Dmitry Lobkov of Russia finished third in 35.11. Among other Japanese skaters, Yuya Oikawa finished fifth in 35.21 and world record-holder Hiroyasu Shimizu eighth in 35.51.

Lobkov was third in the overall season standings, followed by Oikawa in fourth place and Shimizu in fifth.

In the women’s 500, Anzhelika Kotyuga of Belarus claimed victory in 38.18.

Runnerup Yoshii had a time of 38.44, edging out China’s Wang Manli by 0.01.

Japan’s Tomomi Okazaki and Sayuri Osuga were fourth and fifth.

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