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Shani Davis’ gold headlines big day for U.S. speed skating

Shani Davis

CALGARY, CANADA - NOVEMBER 09: Shani Davis of the U.S. skates to a first place finish in the men’s 1000 meter race during the ISU World Cup Speed Skating event November 9, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Todd Korol/Getty Images)

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Shani Davis showed he’s still king of the 1000m on Saturday.

Davis, who won Olympic gold in the 1000m in 2006 and 2010, took first place in the distance in 1 minute, 7.46 seconds at the opening World Cup event of the speed skating season in Calgary, Alberta.

It was Davis’ second medal of the weekend after a silver in the 1500m Friday.

The Netherlands’ Kjeld Nuis placed second (1:07.57) after taking third in the 1500m on Friday. In a surprise, American Brian Hansen, who entered with one career World Cup medal in the 1000m, also made the podium, finishing third (1:07.64).

He wasn’t done there.

Hansen, along with Trevor Marsicano and Jonathan Kuck, earned silver for the U.S. in the team pursuit in 3:38.66. The powerhouse Netherlands took first in a world record (3:37.17), and South Korea finished third (3:40.53).

The Netherlands’ Lotte van Beek beat two Olympic champions in the women’s 1500m. Van Beek finished first in 1:52.95 with the Netherlands’ Ireen Wuest (1:53.30) placing second and the Czech Republic’s Martina Sablikova (1:54.44) third. Wuest and Sablikova both have won two Olympic gold medals, while van Beek made five World Cup podiums last season.

The second of the women’s 500m races looked a lot like the first, as the top three finishes were the same on both days. Once again, South Korean Lee Sang-hwa took first, this time in a world record 36.74.

German Jenny Wolf (37.18) finished second and China’s Wang Beixing (37.30) placed third.

The top American women speed skaters, Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe, both cracked the top 10 again, as they did Friday, with fifth- and 10th-place finishes, respectively.

Races continue Sunday with the second men’s 500m kicking the day off at 1 p.m. ET.

Women’s 500m (Race 2)
1. Lee Sang-Hwa (KOR) 36.74
2. Jenny Wolf (GER) 37.18
3. Wang Beixing (CHN) 37.30
5. Heather Richardson (USA) 37.44
10. Brittany Bowe (USA) 37.74

Men’s 1000m
1. Shani Davis (USA) 1:07.46
2. Kjeld Nuis (NED) 1:07.57
3. Brian Hansen (USA) 1:07.64

Women’s 1500m
1. Lotte Van Beek (NED) 1:52.95
2. Ireen Wuest (NED) 1:53.30
3. Martina Sablikova (CZE) 1:54.44

Men’s Team Pursuit
1. Netherlands 3:37.17
2. United States 3:38.66
3. South Korea 3:40.53

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