Speed Skating - Smeekens follows Wang in sealing 500m double in Erfurt

Jan Smeekens followed Wang Beixing in completing a 500m double at the penultimate speed skating World Cup in Erfurt as the top three from race one was the same in race two.

Speed Skating - Smeekens follows Wang in sealing 500m double in Erfurt

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Jan Smeekens (Imago)

Smeekens claimed his fourth successive win in the 500m after posting a time of 34.96seconds with Joji Kato again second but this time by just 0.09 instead of 0.10.

Ronald Mulder finished third with a time of 35.28 with Smeekens the clear leader in the overall World Cup standings for the distance with 830 points.

He has only missed the podium once this season with Kato second with 686 points and the twins Michel and Ronald Mulder following with 485 and 445 points respectively.

In the ladies' 1000m, American Brittany Bowe produced a shock result as she set a new track record time of 1:15.34minutes for her first ever World Cup victory.

Ireen Wust was just outside the track record held by American Jennifer Rodriguez after clocking 1:15.74 beforehand while Olga Fatkulina was third just 0.05 behind.

Bowe's American teammate Heather Richardson kept her overall lead in spite of a 12th-place finish with Karolina Erbanova, eighth in Erfurt, 72 points away in second.

In the men's 1500m, the trend of having a different victor each time continued as distance leader Zbigniew Brodka became the first Polish skater in history to win a World Cup.

He clocked 1:46.88 for the victory ahead of Haralds Silovs and Brian Hansen with his lead at the top of the standings now 56 points ahead of Havard Bokko who was fifth.

The Dutch ladies won the team pursuit in another track record time of 3:02.83 with Canada 1.51 behind in second before Poland beat Russia to third.

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