Groothius skates to home glory

Sun, 06 Mar 16:57:00 2011

Stefan Groothius gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about after his victory in Herenveen wrapped up the ISU Speed Skating World Cup title.

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The 29-year-old headed to his home country on top of the overall leaderboard and kept his nerve to claim the crown with a winning time of one minute 8.66 seconds.

Groothius was 0.34 seconds ahead of South Korea's Kyou-Hyuk Lee who settles for second in the overall standings, while Shani Davis cemented third spot with bronze in a time of 1:09.21.

Lee also had to settle for over silver in the 500m despite winning gold in Herenveen.

Lee posted a winning time of 35.00 but still finished some way behind compatriot Kang-Seok Lee for the title even with his third place finish.

Japan's Yuya Oikawa finished second in 35.11 but it was his compatriot Joji Kato that held on to his World Cup bronze despite finishing 14th.

In the women's 1000m Heather Richardson from the USA just managed to claim the World Cup title with her sixth place finish in Holland.

Her nearest challenger was Canada's Chrstine Nesbitt but her fourth-place finish wasn't enough to leapfrog the American.

And there was plenty to cheer about for the home crowd with all three medals going to Dutch skaters, Ireen Wust with gold, Marrit Leenstra in silver and Laurine van Riessen collecting bronze.

In the 500m Jenny Wolf displayed her domionance as she rounded off her victorious World Cup campaign with gold in Herenveen, winning in 38.37.

South Korea's Sang-Hwa Lee secured her overall silver with second place, 0.11 seconds behind Wolf, while bronze on the day went to Holland's Annette Gerritsen.

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