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Noake, Niemann Set Speedskating Records

February 24, 1996

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Hiroyuki Noake of Japan and Gunda Niemann of Germany set track records while winning their events Saturday at the World Cup Allround speedskating races.

Niemann won the 3,000-meter race in 4 minutes, 18.57 seconds to break the Pettit Center record of 4:25.20 set in 1994 by Seiko Hashimoto of Japan. Hashimoto’s time was eclipsed by 10 skaters in the race.

Niemann, who won this year’s Allround world championship, also holds the 3,000-meter world record of 4:09.32.

Noake finished in 1:52.57, breaking 1:54.86 Pettit mark KC Boutiette of Tacoma, Wash., set last December. Boutiette was third in the race, with a clocking of 1:52.99. Neal Marshall of Canada, who skated in the last pair with Noake, was second in 1:52.98.

Mie Uehara of Japan, competing in the next-to-last pairing, was second in the 3,000 at 4:21.04. Niemann skated last with Claudia Pechstein of Germany, who finished third in 4:21.25.

World Cup competition divides skaters into two groups, with Group I reserved for the top 16 skaters ranked by cup points. The U.S. had no women in Group I, but three in Group II. Fifteen-year-old Kirstin Holum of Waukesha, Wis., had the best finish of the Americans, coming in fourth in 4:30.73.

David Tamburrino of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., finished 14th in the Group I 1,500 with a time of 1:56.36.

The competition winds up Sunday with women skating 1,500 meters and men racing at 5,000.