ERFURT, Germany (AP) — Wang Beixing of China won a women's 500-meter race for the second time in as many days at the speedskating World Cup on Saturday.
Wang clocked 38.15 seconds to beat Russia's Olga Fatkulina by 0.06 seconds. Dutch skater Thijsje Oenema was two thousandths of a second behind Fatkulina in third. Olympic champion Lee Sang-hwa skipped the Erfurt meet but retains a comfortable lead in the standings with 800 points, followed by Germany's Jenny Wolf on 611 and American Heather Richardson on 530.
Dutchman Jan Smeekens claimed his fourth win of the season in the men's 500 to extend his lead in the standings over Japan's Joji Kato. Smeekens beat Kato by one tenth of a second by clocking 35.06. Another Dutchman, Ronald Mulder, was third, 0.22 back.
Another men's 500 is scheduled for Sunday. Brian Hansen of the United States claimed his first World Cup victory by winning the 1,000-meter race later Saturday. The 22-year-old Hansen clocked 1 minute, 9.79 seconds to beat Dutchman Stefan Groothuis by five hundredths of a second. Dmitry Lobkov of Russia was third, 0.39 back.
Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands still leads with 482 points overall after finishing eighth. Fellow Dutchman Hein Otterspeer has 479 and Shani Davis of the U.S. is third with 456. Ireen Wust led a Dutch sweep of the podium in the women's 1,500 by clocking 1:55.61 to beat Diane Valkenburg by a clear 2.71 seconds.
Marrit Leenstra was third, 2.77 back, but leads overall with 375 points after five races. Canada's Christine Nesbitt is second on 270, followed by Russia's Yekaterina Shikhova on 232. The Dutch also won the men's team pursuit.