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(LEAD) S. Korean men finish well out of contention at speed skating worlds

All News 21:20 February 11, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES with more results)
By Yoo Jee-ho

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Kim Tae-yun and Kim Jin-su finished well out of contention at the ongoing speed skating world championships on Saturday.

Kim Tae-yun finished 13th in the men's 1,000m with the time of 1:09.62 at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships at Gangneung Oval in Gangneung, Gangwon Province. Kim Jin-su crossed the line in 1:09.54, but was disqualified.

Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands won the gold in 1:08.26. Vincent De Haitre of Canada finished second in 1:08.54, followed by Kai Verbij of the Netherlands in 1:08.78.

The two Kims were the only two South Koreans to compete on Saturday.

Earlier Saturday, Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic captured her ninth world title in the women's 5,000m, with the time of 6:52.38.

Claudia Pechstein of Germany got the silver in 6:53.93, followed by Ivanie Blondin of Canada in 6:57.14.

Later in the women's 1,000m, Heather Bergsma of the United States captured her first world title in 1:13.94. She'd won silver medals in both 2015 and 2016.

Nao Kodaira of Japan, who won the 500m gold on Friday, picked up the silver in the 1,000m in 1:14.43. Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands, the 2016 champion, finished third this time in 1:14.66.


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