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Wang, Yu make podium at Canada worlds

GERMANY'S Jenny Wolf won the gold medal in the women's 500 meters on Sunday for the third straight year at the world speedskating championships in Richmond, British Columbia in Canada.

South Korea's Lee Kang-seok won the men's crown.

Wolf posted a combined two-run time of 1 minute 15.750 seconds to beat out Wang Beixing of China at 1:15.870. Lee San-hwa of South Korea took bronze in 1:16.390.

"I was a little bit lucky that her second race wasn't that good," Wolf said of Wang. "I knew I could skate around three-tenths faster than in my first race because I made a big mistake."

Lee clocked 1:09.730 to win the men's 500 over teammate Lee Kyou-hyuk at 1:09.920 and favorite Yu Fengtong of China at 1:09.970.

American Shani Davis was sixth after the first race in 35.19 but had some issues in the second to post a combined time of 92.220, last among the 22 skaters to finish the race.

Canadians Kristina Groves, Christine Nesbitt, and Brittany Schussler won the women's team pursuit.

Groves had a gold medal in the 1,500 taken from her on Friday after she nudged one of the pucks on the dividing line in a turn. There was nothing wrong with her skate in the pursuit, helping Canada clock 2 minutes 58.25 seconds to easily beat the Netherlands' time of 3:02.02.

"It's a nice way to finish the competition for sure," said Groves.

Japan grabbed the bronze at 3:04.06.

It was the third medal at these championships for both Nesbitt and Groves, and the first for Schussler.


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