Speed Skating - Lee Sang-Hwa retains world title in Sochi

South Korea's Lee Sang-Hwa proved unbeatable on the final day of the World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships as she won both heats of the 500m to retain her world title in Sochi.

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Speed Skating - Lee Sang-Hwa retains world title in Sochi
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Second placed Beixing Wang of China, winner Sang-Hwa Lee of South Korea and third placed Olga Fatkulina of Russia (L-R) celebrate on the podium after the women's 500m event at the Essent ISU World Single Distances Championships 2013 in Sochi (Reuters)

The reigning Olympic champion dominated in an overall time of 75.34 seconds, finishing well clear of China's Wang Beixing in second.

Russia's Olga Fatkulina had won yesterday's 1000m but had to settle for bronze in the shorter distance as she edged out Germany's Jenny Wolf.

It was a memorable day for South Koreans with Mo Tae-Bum emulating his compatriot by retaining the men's 500m.

It was a lot closer for Tae-Bum, who won by just .06 seconds from Japan's Joji Kato, with Dutchman Jan Smeekens coming third.

If it was South Korea's day in the individual events, the Dutch were untouchable in the team races, winning both men’s and women's pursuit titles.

The quartet of Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer, Koen Verweij and Jorrit Bergsma won in 3:42.03, with South Korea second and Poland third.

The Dutch women were even more dominant, Marrit Leenstra, Diane Valkenburg, Ireen Wust and Linda De Vries winning by nearly five seconds from Poland in second and South Korea third.

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