NAGANO (Kyodo) Former world record holder Joji Kato of Japan shrugged off a fever from the previous night to finish third in the men’s 500 meters for the second time in as many days at a speed skating World Cup meet on Sunday.
Kato put in a time of 34.96 seconds — his career best in a domestic meet — while South Korea’s Lee Kyou Hyuk and Yu Fengtong of China clocked 34.92 and 34.95 for first and second, respectively, at the M-Wave ice arena.
Japan’s Keiichiro Nagashima, who won the 500 Saturday to earn his second victory of the season, came fourth in 35.00. Tadashi Obara and Yuya Oikawa finished in eighth and ninth.
American Shani Davis set a new rink record of 1:08.92 en route to winning his second straight title in the men’s 1,000 meters. Nagashima, fourth a day earlier, slumped to eighth in 1:10.43.
In the women’s 500, China’s Yu Jing emerged the winner in 38.63 with South Korean Lee Sang Hwa second in 38.72 and Xing Aihua of China third in 38.78. Japan’s Tomomi Okazaki made the best finish for the host in fifth in 38.86.
Canada’s Christine Nesbitt won the women’s 1,000 in 1:16.38. Sayuri Yoshii, who came third in the 500 a day earlier, was back in eighth.
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