KUSHIRO, Hokkaido (Kyodo) Masako Hozumi came from behind to win the women’s overall title for the first time Sunday, while Shota Nakamura held onto his overnight lead to take the men’s crown at the Speed Skating National Championships.

Hozumi, who was second overall behind Vancouver Olympic teammate Nao Kodaira after Saturday’s 500 and 3,000 meters, placed third in the 1,500 and won the 5,000, the last of four races, in 7 minutes, 30.83 seconds to finish top of the final standings with 175.181 points.

Eriko Ishino was second with 176.038 while Ayaka Kikuchi (177.651) placed third and Miho Takagi (177.747) fourth. Kodaira did not compete in the 5,000.

Seventeen-year-old Nakamura placed seventh and second in the 1,500 and 10,000, respectively, for 163.404 points and was followed by Daiki Wakabayashi with 164.090. Hiroki Hirako, who set a rink record of 14:24.22 in the 10,000, was third with 164.637.

The overall men’s and women’s titles were determined by the lowest number of time-based total points accumulated over four races.

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