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Nao Kodaira added another laurel to her dominant season in the 500 meters on Friday, becoming the first Japanese woman to win an individual title at the ISU’s World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships.

The 30-year-old, who has won all six of the World Cup 500s she has raced this season to lead the women’s circuit at that distance, blew away the field to win in 37.13 seconds.

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