Kodaira makes it four from four

Kodaira makes it four from four
By Sportsbeat

10/12/2016 at 07:36Updated 10/12/2016 at 08:40

Nao Kodaira made it four 500m victories from as many World Cup races after once again topping the podium in Heerenveen.

The Japanese short track speed skater crossed the line in 37.69 seconds to beat Jing Yu of China by 0.12 and forcing compatriot Maki Tsui into third.

It means Kodaira, who won 500m bronze at the 2015 World Championships, has now won all the World Cup races she has entered this season, having sat out the last round in Astana.

However, it is Yu that leads the World Cup standings on 452 points, 52 ahead of Kodaira with Tsui third five points further back.

In the men’s 500m, Russian Ruslan Murashov continued his fine recent form by coming home first in 34.50, 0.29 ahead of Artus Was while American Mitchell Whitmore was third.

Murashov has finished second once and won twice in his last three races and now sits second in the World Cup standings on 305 points, while compatriot Pavel Kulizhnkov leads the way on 425 after finishing sixth in Heerenveen.

The ladies team pursuit was won by Japan in 2:59.51 minutes, with Germany second and Poland third.

Japan are now second in the World Cup standings on 280 points, 30 behind the Netherlands who were ninth in front of their home fans.

As for the men, Norway won in 3:42.43, 0.61 ahead of the Netherlands while Italy were third.

The Netherlands lead the World Cup standings on 280 points, ten ahead of Norway and Japan, while Italy are fourth on 230.