Nesbitt and Groothuis win again

Sun, 27 Nov 14:10:00 2011

Olympic champion Christine Nesbitt and Stefan Groothuis both won ISU Speed Skating World Cup 1000m gold for the second week running as the curtain came down on proceedings in Astana.

SPEED SKATING Christine Nesbitt of Canada - 0

Nesbitt (picutred), who claimed gold in the 1000m at the curtain raising World Cup in Russia last week and in the 1500m on Saturday, was in a league of her own clocking a time of one minute 14.82 seconds to top the podium.

The 26-year-old finished exactly 1.30 seconds ahead of Dutch skater Thijsje Oenema who recorded the same time as teammate Margot Boer but was awarded silver to her bronze.

The Netherlands dominated the top five and, despite missing out on gold, Marrit Leenstra finished fourth in 1:16.29 while Ireen Wust was fifth, nine hundredths of a second further behind.

In the men's 1000m Groothuis won in Kazakhstan by the exact same margin he did a week ago in Russia – 0.07 and once again ahead of fellow Dutch skater Kjeld Nuis.

Groothuis, who also won the 1500m in Chelyabinsk, clocked a time of 1:08.85 while Friday's 500m winner Tae-Bum Mo of Korea was third in 1:09.29.

Meanwhile in the men's mass start Lee Seung-Hoon took gold with a winning time of 9:40.51 ahead of American Jonathan Kuck and fellow Korean skater Joo Hyung-Joon.

And in the ladies' mass start Dutch skater Mariska Huisman came out on top with Germany Claudia Pechstein having to settle for silver for the third time in Kazakhstan.

Sportsbeat / Eurosport

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