Speed Skating - Yuskov ends Russian wait for world title

Dennis Yuskov underlined his Olympic ambitions as he claimed Russia's first speed skating world title in 17 years.

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Speed Skating - Yuskov ends Russian wait for world title
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Dennis Yuskov (Imago)

Yuskov defeated three-time world champion Shani Davis to win the men's 1500m title at next year's Olympic venue in Sochi.

Davis finished just over half a second behind while Russia's Ivan Skobrev completed the podium.

"It was my best run this season," said Yuskov. "Five minutes before the heat, I decided that I would make a quick start and it helped me eventually."

Holland's Ireen Wust, the 2006 Olympic champion, clocked 4:02.43 to claim her seventh worlds gold over 3000m.

Defending champion Martina Sablikova, of the Czech Republic, was 2.37 seconds behind, with Germany's five-time Olympic gold medallist Claudia Pechstein third - her 38th podium finish at the worlds.

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