Lee Sang-hwa wins speedskating World Cup 500 title
HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (AP) — Olympic champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea won the women’s 500 meters Sunday at the speedskating World Cup to take the season discipline title.
Lee won in 37.77 seconds at the Thialf oval, beating Wang Beixing of China by one hundredth of a second. Thijsje Oenema of the Netherlands was third.
Wang ended the season third in the standings behind Jenny Wolf of Germany, who finished fourth Sunday.
Jan Smeekens, who won the 500 title Friday, underscored his dominance by winning his sixth straight race of the season in the distance, posting a time of 34.83 seconds.
Joji Kato of Japan was second and Smeekens’ Netherlands teammate, Michel Mulder, was third.
Ireen Wust followed her blisteringly fast 3,000-meter victory Saturday with another win in the 1,500. Wust missed the first three 1,500 races of the World Cup season and ended third in the standings.
Marrit Leenstra of the Netherlands finished a disappointing eighth Sunday, but it was enough to ensure she won the overall season title.
Bart Swings, the Belgian former inline skater who has been one of the surprises of the speedskating season, won the men’s 1,500. Zbigniew Brodka was second to top the season-ending World Cup standings.