Mulder, Lee win sprints at World Cup
BERLIN (AP) — Michel Mulder of the Netherlands beat Olympic champion Mo Tae-bum of South Korea over 500 meters to win his second speedskating World Cup on Friday.
Mulder clocked 34.80 seconds to miss the track record by .1 seconds and beat Mo by 0.09 seconds in the final World Cup before the Olympic Games in Sochi.
Keiichiro Nagashima of Japan was third in 35.01, .21 seconds behind the winner.
In the women’s sprint, Olympic champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea won her seventh consecutive race in 37.36 seconds to set a track record. She took the record from Jenny Wolf of Germany, the Olympic silver medalist who crashed in their race.
Olga Fatkulina of Russia was second in 37.71 and Wang Beixing of China third in 37.79.
Joey Mantia, a former inline champion from the United States, proved that his transition to ice has been smooth, winning the 1,500 meters in 1:45.80.
“I did not have the control I used to have on inlines,” Mantia said. “It was frustrating. I guess I am better on slow ice when the speed in the turns is lower.”
Zbigniew Brodka of Poland was second in 1:45.83 and Denis Yuskov of Russia in 1:46.14.
Olympic champion Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic beat German veteran Claudia Pechstein to take the 3,000-meter race in 4:02.25.
Pechstein, another former Olympic champion who is involved in a long-running legal battle with speedskating authorities over a two-year doping ban she’s served, finished second in 4:02.96.
Ireen Wust of the Netherlands was third in 4:03.50.