Dutchman wins 1,500-meter speedskating event
HEERENVEEN, Netherlands -- Simon Kuipers of the Netherlands won the 1,500-meter race Saturday at a speedskating World Cup event, beating Chad Hedrick of the United States.
Kuipers won in 1 minute, 45.39 seconds to edge Hedrick, who set the world record of 1:42:78 in the same event last month in Utah. Enrico Fabris of Italy was third in 1:45.56.
Hedrick tops the overall World Cup standings in the 1,500, followed by fellow American Shani Davis and Kuipers.
"He didn't disappoint today," Hedrick's coach, Bart Schouten, told Dutch NOS television. "He is a great competitor and I know winning in Turin is one of his top priorities."
A favorite for the Turin Olympics, Hedrick set a world record in the 5,000 in the first World Cup event of the season last month in Calgary. That record only lasted a week, however, with Dutch skater Sven Kramer breaking it in Utah.
Clara Hughes of Canada won the women's 5,000 in 6:56:45 seconds. Her compatriot Cindy Klassen finished third behind Claudia Pechstein of Germany.
In team pursuit, the Netherlands dominated the men's race, taking first and third. Canada took second place.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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