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ican Shani Davis won his first major
title in four years yesterday, edging
Pavel Kulizhnikov of Russia by 0.04
seconds to win the 1,000 metres at
the world championships.
Heather Richardson made it an even
better day for the Americans, leading
a US one-two when she beat Brittany
Bowe in the 500 metres.
The 32-year-old Davis peaked at
the right time this season to win the
fourth 1,000 title of his career, four
years after his last one.
"I needed something to show me
I still have what it takes," said Davis,
who had a lacklustre season and a
disastrous Sochi Olympics one year
ago. "I was crying I was so happy."
The two-time former Olympic
1,000 champion and world record-
holder crossed in 1 minute, 8.57 sec-
onds in the tight event. Local favorite
Kjeld Nuis took bronze, 0.12 seconds
behind the American.
Richardson and Bowe continued
their duel for gold on the ice of the
Thialf oval. On Friday, Bowe had beat-
en her compatriot over 1,000 but this
time there was no stopping Richard-
son. The sprint specialist won both
series of the 500, with Bowe taking
second in each race. Overall, Nao
Kodaira of Japan took bronze.
Sven Kramer continued his over-
whelming domination of the 5,000
metres, winning his sixth world speed
skating title by beating his Dutch
archrival Jorrit Bergsma.
In the 1,000, American Shani Davis
won his fourth world gold, edging
Russia s Pavel Kulizhnikov.
Douwe de Vries made it a Dutch
triple by taking bronze. It was the sec-
ond gold medal for Kramer in as many
days after he anchored the Netherlands
to team gold late Friday.
The Olympic champion over the
distance finished in 6 minutes, 9.65
seconds, the fastest time ever skated
at sea level. Bergsma had the best
intermediate time early on but Kramer
used his massive long stride to make
the difference over the final laps for
a margin of 1.88 seconds.
Bergsma already won the 10,000
at the championships.
In the one major upset of the day,
the Japanese women s pursuit team
beat Olympic champion the Nether-
lands in a tight final. Russia took
SEOUL---Olympic bronze medal-
ist Denis Ten won the men s event
yesterday at the Four Continents
figure skating competition, land-
ing most of his big jumps in a
The Kazakh skater, who started
his routine with a quad toe loop
and a quad toe loop-triple toe loop
combination, finished with 289.46
points, well ahead of Joshua Farris
of the United States in second place.
Skating to Ambush from Ten Sides
a year after winning his Olympic
medal in Sochi, the 21-year-old Ten
maintained his commanding lead
from Thursday s short program.
"It s a huge honour for me to do
well here, basically my second home
country," said Ten, who is ethnically
Korean and was a favorite with the
crowd. "It was like my second
Olympics." After his skate, Ten col-
lapsed, rested his head on the ice
and then rolled onto his back while
the crowd cheered.
Farris, the 2013 world junior
champion, rallied from fifth place
after the short program for silver.
Despite a deduction on a quad toe
loop, Farris landed most of his big
jumps. The 20-year-old American,
who skated to music from
Schindler s List, said the medal was
a huge boost ahead of next month s
world championships in Shanghai.
"It puts me in a great place," said
Farris, who has recovered from seri-
ous ankle injuries. "I m much more
China s Yan Han was third after
the short program and finished with
the bronze medal Saturday. The
18-year-old Yan skated to Fly Me
to the Moon by Bart Howard.
The Sochi Olympics gold and
silver medalists, Japan s Yuzuru
Hanyu and Canada s Patrick Chan,
didn t compete in Seoul. Hanyu is
injured, while Chan is taking time
off.Meagan Duhamel and Eric Rad-
ford of Canada won the pairs com-
petition---their second Four Con-
tinents win---with 219.48 points.
"We definitely feel confident
from this competition, but we have
room to improve a lot before the
world championships," Duhamel
China s Peng Cheng and Zhang
Hao were second with 201.45
points, edging compatriots Pang
Qing and Tong Jian with 199.99.
Tong and Pang, five-time Four
Continents champions, are both
aged 35 and the oldest male and
female skaters in the competition.
Celebrating Valentine s Day,
Duhamel and Zhang made a heart
shape with their arms as they sat
side by side during the post-skate
news conference, delighting a group
of fans watching them through glass
SOCHI---Austria s Janine Flock
won the women s overall skeleton
World Cup title with a blistering
time on her last slide yesterday
as Britain s Lizzy Yarnold took
the race win.
Flock came to Sochi as the
standings leader, but looked set
to lose out by placing 10th after
an error-strewn first run.
However, Flock moved up to
fourth on her second run to hold
off her title rivals Yarnold and
Germany s Tina Hermann,
becoming the first Austrian
woman to win an overall World
Cup skeleton title.
Exactly a year after winning
Olympic gold for Britain on the
same track, Yarnold won the race
by 0.04 seconds from Russia s
Maria Orlova, who posted an
unlikely challenge for the gold
medal after coming sixth on the
German veteran Anja Huber
took third, 0.35 seconds down in
her last World Cup before retire-
The track at the Sanki Sliding
Center degraded badly, especially
on the first run, leaving athletes
at the bottom of the starting order
at a large disadvantage.
The final round of the men s
World Cup is on today. (AP)
Austria's Flock wins
skeleton World Cup
Britan's winner Lizzy Yarnold, centre, Austria's second placed Janine Flock, left, and Britain's third placed Rose
Mcgrandle celebrate on the podium after the women's Skeleton World Cup race in Igls, near Innsbruck,
Austria, on February 8. AP PHOTO
Denis Ten wins Four Continents
New world champion Heather Richardson of the US celebrates after the second
heat of the women's 500 metre race of the speedskating single distance world
championships at Thialf ice rink in Heerenveen, Netherlands, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Davis, Richardson put
US on top at worlds
New world champion Shani Davis of the US, centre and gold medal, Russia's
Pavel Kulizhnikov, left and silver medal, and Kjeld Nuis of The Netherlands, right
and bronze medal, pose on the podium of the 1000 metre race of the
speedskating single distance world championships at Thialf ice rink in
Heerenveen, Netherlands, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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