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Bos wins sprint event

2/19/2005

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.