Speed Skating

The Associated Press - Sunday Jan. 19, 2014 12:19 ET

Heather Richardson, Shani Davis win speed skating races in Japan

Canadian Christine Nesbitt finishes 5th

Heather Richardson of the United States won a women's 1,000-meter race at the world sprint speed skating championships in Nagano, Japan., on Sunday. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

Shani Davis and Heather Richardson of the United States won their 1,000-metre races at the world sprint speed skating championships on Sunday in Nagano, Japan.

Davis clocked a time of 1 minute, 08.96 seconds to edge Denis Kuzin of Kazakhstan by 0.58 seconds. Michel Mulder of the Netherlands was third in 1:09.96.

Richardson posted a time of 1:15.28 to win the women's 1,000, beating China's Hong Zhang by 0.16 seconds. Margot Boer of the Netherlands took third place with a time of 1:16.12.

The world sprint speed skating championships features 50 of the fastest sprinters in the world competing in 500 and 1,000 metre races.

Mulder won the men's 500 race in a time of 35.12, 0.05 seconds ahead of Daniel Greig of Australia. Keiichiro Nagashima of Japan finished third in 35.28.

Jing Yu of China won the women's 500 with a time of 37.72, adding to her win in the same event on Saturday. Boer was second 0.33 seconds behind Yu. Richardson placed third in 38.04 seconds.

Mulder won the overall men's title, which combines results from both days of competition while Yu won the women's title.

Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., had Canada's best result of the day, finishing fourth in the men's 500.

Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., will leave the event without a medal. Nesbitt, who won Olympic gold in the 1,000 four years ago in Vancouver, finished fifth in the 1,000 Sunday. She was also well off the pace in 14th in the 500.

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