Verheijen sets 10,000m speedskating world record

Updated: December 4, 2005, 2:32 PM ET
Associated Press

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands -- Dutch speedskater Carl Verheijen set a world record at 10,000 meters Sunday, edging Chad Hedrick of the United States at a World Cup meet.

Verheijen finished in 12 minutes, 57.92 seconds to beat Jochem Uytdehaage's record by 0.10 seconds. Uytdehaage, a Dutchman and the first to break the 13-minute barrier, set the previous record at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.

"I am delighted," Verheijen told Dutch television. "I think credit should go to the supporters who kept cheering me up to the end."

Hedrick finished in 12:58.25, followed by Norway's Lasse Saetre in 12:59.47.

Also Sunday, Germany's Anni Friesinger won the 1,500, beating Cindy Klassen and Kristina Groves. Friesinger won in 1:54.66, six seconds ahead of Klassen. Groves finished third on her 29th birthday.

Friesinger leads the overall World Cup standings in the 1,500, followed by Klassen and Groves.

The German set a world record in the same event last month in Utah, crossing the line in 1:53.19. The record lasted only for minutes, with Klassen reclaiming the top spot in 1:51.79.

Friesinger, whose mother skated for Poland at the 1976 Games, won the gold medal in the 1,500 at the 2002 Olympics.


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