HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (AP) - Brittany Bowe won the 500 and 1,500 meter races Saturday at the speedskating World Cup finals, beating American teammate Heather Richardson-Bergsma in both events at the Thialf oval.
The 1,500 victory, in 1 minute 54.34 seconds, gave Bowe the overall season title over the distance while Richardson-Bergsma’s second place in the 500 gave her enough points for the overall title despite not winning a single World Cup race over 500 meters.
Heather McLean of Canada was third in the 500; Antoinette de Jong of the Netherlands finished third in the 1,500.
Dutchman Kjeld Nuis won the 1,000 meters in 1:08.94 to seal the season title. Nuis went into the finals level on points with Pavel Kulizhnikov but the Russian sprinter was not in Heerenveen after testing positive for meldonium.
Kai Verbij of the Netherlands was second and Denis Yuskov of Russia was third.
Sven Kramer won the men’s 5,000 in 6:11.44 for his fourth victory in five races over the distance this season. Fellow Dutchman Jorrit Bergsma was second and Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway finished third.
The world champion over 5,000 and 10,000 meters said it was a good way to end a successful season.
“Since December, I’ve felt stronger each week,” he told Dutch broadcaster NOS. “That’s a good feeling. (For me), the season could have gone on a few more weeks.”
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