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20 November 2023, 10:02

China's Ning bags 3rd medal, Olympic champion Nuis reigns again at speed skating World Cup


BEIJING, 20 November (BelTA - Xinhua). - China's Ning Zhongyan secured his third medal when he won bronze in the 1,000m, at the Speed Skating World Cup in Beijing on Sunday.

Ning bagged a bronze medal in one minute and 9.03 seconds, marking his third medal in Beijing and fifth at the first two World Cups this season.

"It is a satisfying start to a new season. Hopefully I can change the color of my medals into gold in the next events," said Ning.

Ning, who had placed fifth in this distance at the Beijing Olympic Games, also won a bronze in the 1,500m on Friday and a silver in team sprint on Saturday.

Three-time Olympic champion Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands demonstrated his prowess in the middle distance events as he stormed to victory in 1:08.11, following up on his 1,500m triumph in Beijing. Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen of Norway came second with 1:08.99.

Italy achieved a one-two finish in the men's mass start, the last event of this tournament, as Andrea Giovannini (7:39.52) and Daniele Di Stefano (7:39.91) won gold and silver respectively. Belgian Bart Swings came third in 7:39.97.

The women's 3,000m featured Norwegian Ragne Wiklund winning in 4:03.41 ahead of Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic in 4:04.86. China's Han Mei earned a bronze in 4:05.45, adding to her 1,500m silver on Friday.

In the women's 500m, American Erin Jackson recorded a winning time of 37.54, and Kim Min-sun of South Korea was second, 0.31 seconds adrift. Dutch skater Jutta Leerdam captured bronze in 37.88.

The Netherlands clinched the women's team sprint title in 1:27.74, and Canada finished second, lagging 1.02 seconds behind. Poland was third in 1:29.09, and China ended up in fourth place.

The World Cup in Beijing, representing the second event of the World Series this season, was scheduled from November 17-19. The next event is set to be held in Stavanger, Norway, starting on December 1.

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