Lee Sang-hwa takes speedskating World Cup 500 title
APHEERENVEEN, Netherlands -- 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.
March 12, 2013, 12:19 am TWN
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, clocking 34.83 seconds.
Joji Kato of Japan was second and Smeekens' Netherlands teammate Michel Mulder was third. Kato and Mulder also finished second and third, respectively, in the season standings.
Ireen Wust followed her blisteringly fast 3,000 meter victory on 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. Christine Nesbitt was second in the standings and Wust ended third.
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, ahead of Swings and third-placed Havard Bokko.