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Fredricks of US wins speedskating World Cup 500

Tucker Fredricks of the US competes during the second of two men's 500 meters races of the World Cup speed skating at Thialf arena in Heerenveen, northern Netherlands, Saturday March 3, 2012. Tucker Fredricks of the US competes during the second of two men's 500 meters races of the World Cup speed skating at Thialf arena in Heerenveen, northern Netherlands, Saturday March 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
March 3, 2012
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HEERENVEEN, Netherlands—Tucker Fredricks of the United States won the 500 meters Saturday at the speedskating World Cup to stretch his lead at the top of the event standings.

Fredricks finished in 35.71 seconds, shaving more than six-tenths of a second off the time that left him in 19th place in Friday's 500. Michel Mulder of the Netherlands was second and Joji Kato of Japan was third.

The win at the packed oval gave Fredricks a 99-point lead over Kato with two races remaining at the World Cup finals in Berlin next weekend.

German sprinter Jenny Wolf won the 500 in 37.93 to return to the top of the standings, overtaking Lee Sang-hwa, who is not skating in Heerenveen this weekend.

Yu Jing of China was second and Heather Richardson of the United States had her second third place of the weekend.

World all-around champion Ireen Wust won the 1,500. With main rival Christine Nesbitt not racing, Wust clocked 1 minute, 56.01 seconds to beat second-place Marrit Leenstra by 1.34 seconds. Diane Valkenburg of the Netherlands was third.

Wust has an almost unassailable lead of 90 points over Nesbitt in the World Cup standings.

Veteran Bob de Jong of the Netherlands won the 10,000 with two blistering final laps to overtake young compatriot Jorrit Bergsma, edging him by less than a second at the line.

Havard Bokko of Norway was third.

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