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Gold-rush for Japan in Calgary Speed Skating World Cup

Gold-rush for Japan in Calgary Speed Skating World Cup
By Sportsbeat

04/12/2017 at 07:31Updated 04/12/2017 at 08:07

Japan came out on top on the final day of World Cup action in Calgary as Nao Kodaira and Miho Takagi each won gold.

Kodaira bounced back from a crash in the 1000m on Saturday to prevail over half the distance.

The Japanese skater finished 0.33s ahead of Korea's Sang-Hwa Lee, with compatriot Arisa Go a further 0.20s further back in third.

And Takagi made it a Japanese double in Canada as she took the 1500m crown ahead of the Netherlands' Marrit Leenstra.

With a time of 1:51.79, Takagi finished 0.27s ahead of Leenstra, with Russia's Yekaterina Shikhova more than 1.5s further back in third.

In the men's event Denis Yuskov took 1500m gold, with Dutch pairing Koen Verweij and Kjeld Nuis in second and third.

While the shorter distance was won by Canada's Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, with Korea's Min Kyu Cha in second and Finland's Mika Poutala picking up the bronze medal.

The weekend's final events saw Germany's Claudia Pechstein and Italy's Andrea Giovannini win the mass start events.

New Zealand's Reyon Kay and China's Hongli Wang came in behind Giovannini in the men's race, while Dane Elena Moeller Rigas and Japan's Nana Takagi took the remaining medals in the women's contest.

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