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Nesbitt third in women's 1,500m speedskating World Cup race

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Associated Press
11/24/2012 11:08:11 AM
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KOLOMNA, Russia -- Defending overall World Cup champion Christine Nesbitt of Canada skated to a World Cup bronze on Saturday in the women's 1,500-metre race.

The London, Ont., native clocked one minute 56.16 seconds to finish third.

Dutch skater Marrit Leenstra earned her second career speedskating World Cup with a victory in 1:55.04, edging Yekaterina Shikhova of Russia by 0.49 seconds.

Leenstra, who was second behind Nesbitt in the season-opening 1,500 race in Heerenveen, Netherlands, last weekend, leads the discipline standings with 180 points. Nesbitt is 10 points behind in second, while Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic is third with 110 points.

In the women's mass start, Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin finished second behind South Korea's Kim Bo-Reum, who won in 8:40.77. Mariska Huisman of the Netherlands was third.

Huisman leads the discipline standings with 170 points with one race left in the season. Kim is second, 10 points behind. Blondin is third with 130.

On the men's side, Sven Kramer led a Dutch sweep of podium places in the 5,000-metre race at the Kolomna speedskating centre near Moscow.

The Olympic champion clocked 6:10.62 to mark his second straight victory in the discipline this season.

Jan Blokhuijsen was timed in 6:11.97 for second while Jorrit Bergsma was 2.46 seconds behind the winner in third.

Kramer leads the discipline standings with 200 points. He is followed by Blokhuijsen and Bergsma, who are tied for second with 150 points each after two podium finishes in two races.

Nesbitt and Leenstra  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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