Bos wins sprint event

Updated: February 19, 2005, 1:07 PM ET
Associated Press

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands -- World sprint champion Erben Wennemars captured his third straight World Cup overall title Saturday, finishing third in the last 1,000-meter race of the season.

Jan Bos of the Netherlands won in 1:09.45, and 2002 Olympic champion Gerard van Velde was 0.23 seconds behind to complete a Dutch sweep.

"I'm really happy," said Wennemars, who finished in 1:09.81. "You can't always win the race. But I worked hard for the World Cup all year. If you look at this season, then I had the most victories."

In the women's races, American Jennifer Rodriquez won the 1,000 meters in a track-record 1:15.65, but Chiara Simionati's third place was good enough for the Italian to grab her first overall World Cup title.

Germany's Sabine Volker was second in 1:16.41.

In other races Saturday, Oystein Grodum of Norway tied Dutchmen Bob de Jong for first place in the men's 10,000 meters. Both finished in 13.05.44. World Champion Carl Verheijen of the Netherlands finished third in 13:13.33.

Claudia Pechstein of Germany won the women's 3,000 meters. Cindy Klassen from Canada came in second, 2.16 seconds behind, while another German, Daniela Anschutz, finished third.


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