Speed Skating

Richardson, Nuis, Sablikova and Bergsma take World Cup titles in Heerenveen

Heather Richardson, Kjeld Nuis, Martina Sablikova and Jorrit Bergsma all claimed speed skating World Cup titles on day two of the Final in Heerenveen however none managed to do so by taking victory.

 
Richardson, Nuis, Sablikova and Bergsma take World Cup titles in Heerenveen - Speed SkatingReuters
 

American Richardson placed 11th in the ladies' 1000m, won by Olympic champion over the distance Christine Nesbitt in 1:15.48minutes just 0.02 ahead of Zhang Hong with Laurine van Riessen third.

However four earlier victories during the season contributed to Richardson winning the overall ladies' 1000m title with a total of 525 points, 45 ahead of teammate Brittany Bowe in second.

Nuis fared better finishing third as part of a Dutch one-two-three in the men's 1000m with Stefan Groothuis winning in 1:08.91 and Mark Tuitert 0.31 behind in second.

It was a tight affair thereafter with Nuis finishing just 0.02 shy of Tuitert while his claiming of the overall title was close too with just three points separating him and Hein Otterspeer who was tenth.

Nuis ended with 482 for the season while in the women's 3000m it was Sablikova claiming the overall World Cup title after a sixth place finish almost nine seconds off the winner.

Ireen Wust was the only skater to duck under the four-minute barrier clocking 3:58.68 with another Dutch one-two-three as Diane Valkenburg was second and Linda de Vries third.

Valkenburg was 6.07 behind Wust and de Vries 6.19 with Sablikova's sixth, which gave her 45 points, extending her overall total to 475 with Claudia Pechstein second overall with 421.

Bergsma claimed the best finish of the World Cup winners in the men's 5000m ending as the runner-up to Sven Kramer with Bob de Jong completing a third Dutch one-two-three.

Kramer clocked 6:10.78 with Bergsma 4.96 behind in second with that finish important as he beat de Jong to the overall title by 35 points with his final total 520.

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