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Wangs rule on different continents

AMERICAN Shani Davis set a world record for the second straight day when he won the 1,000 meters at the speedskating World Cup in Kearns, Utah, on Saturday while China's Wang Beixing sprang a surprise by beating German Jenny Wolf in the women's 500.

"Now I have both of my world records back," Davis said.

Davis also won the 1,500 on Friday in world record time and knew he had a shot at the 1,000 on Saturday at the Olympic Oval, one of the fastest tracks in the world. But he didn't know he would be trying to take the record away from 19-year-old teammate Trevor Marsicano.

Marsicano became the first skater to go faster than 1:07 with a 1:06.88 ?? more than two seconds faster than his personal best ?? early in the 1,000 pairings on Saturday.

"I didn't know what to think. I was scared," Davis said. "He didn't skate 1:07 ever. He went straight to 1:06. I knew I had a lot of work to do."

Davis let Marsicano enjoy his time at the top for about 20 minutes, then set the new world record with a time of 1:06.42 - 0.46 seconds faster.

Davis knew he had the record as he glided around the ice in front of the US fans, who had barely stopped cheering Marsicano's mark.

Marsicano finished second to Davis for the second day in a row. He also knocked almost three seconds off his time in the 1,500 on Friday.

In the women's, Wang upset Wolf, winning in 37.25. Wolf was 0.14 seconds behind and failed to win the 500 for just the third time in the World Cup season. Canada's Kristina Groves wrapped up the World Cup title in the 1,500 by winning in 1:54.08.

In Vienna, Austria, Wang Meng of China took the women's 500 title at the short track speedskating world championships.

She timed 43.182, besting teammate Liu Qiuhong's 43.358 seconds. Jessica Gregg of Canada took the bronze in 43.437.

Canada's Charles Hamelin won the men's 500, clocking 41.218 to beat Kwak Yoon-gy of South Korea, who was second in 41.739. Canada's Olivier Jean was third.


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