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Davis sets mark as Yu soars

AMERICAN Shani Davis reclaimed the world record in the 1,500 meters in a speedskating World Cup at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns on Friday.

Davis finished in 1 minute, 41.80 seconds to beat the previous record of 1:42.01 set by Canada's Denny Morrison in Calgary last March.

Morrison bettered the time of 1:42.32 that Davis had shared with Erben Wennermars of the Netherlands.

It was the fifth world record of Davis' career and the fourth time he set a new mark in the 1,500, the distance he won an Olympic silver medal three years ago.

"It's nice to have the record back," Davis said.

Davis also won the World Cup season title in the 1,500 with 470 points. American Trevor Marsicano was second with 374 after shattering his personal best by nearly three full seconds and placing second in 1:42.31. Morrison took third (1:42.56).

The World Cup season concludes with the men's 1,000 and 5,000 and the women's 500 and 1,500, then the skaters head to Vancouver for this weekend's world single distance championships.

Friday started with the men's 500, which was won by China's Yu Fengtong (34.37). Lee Kyou-hyuk of South Korea was second (34.38) and American Tucker Fredricks third 34.51. Davis, who specializes in the middle distances, finished eighth in the sprint (34.78).

Germany's Anni Friesinger recovered from a false start and won the women's 1,000 in 1:13.86. She was the defending World Cup champion in the 1,000, but had surgery on her right knee last summer and has slowly been rebuilding her strength.

Sayuri Yoshii of Japan was second in a national record of 1:14.05, followed by Christine Nesbitt of Canada (1:14.41). Nesbitt's finish was good enough to give her the World Cup season title in the 1,000.


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