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Nao Kodaira won the women’s 500 and 1,000 meters while rewriting the national record in both distances to take the overall lead on the opening day of the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships on Saturday.

In the 500, Kodaira clocked 36.75 seconds at the Olympic Oval to trim 0.38 second off her own national mark set two weeks ago in South Korea, with Karolina Erbanova of the Czech Republic taking second in 37.06 and American Heather Bergsma third in 37.22.

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