Koskela dominates at speedskating World Cup

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Associated Press

Posted on December 8, 2012 at 8:35 AM

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — Pekka Koskela of Finland won both the 500 and 1,000-meter races Saturday at a speedskating World Cup event.

Koskela clocked 34.64 seconds in the 500 to finish 0.31 seconds ahead of Michel Mulder of the Netherlands. Tucker Fredricks of the United States was third with a time of 35.10.

Koskela won his second title of the day with a time of 1:09.52 in the 1,000 meters to finish 0.17 seconds ahead of Germany's Samuel Schwarz. Lee Kyou-hyuk of South Korea was third in 1:09.85.

South Korea's Lee Sang-hwa won the women's 500 with a time of 37.63, 0.33 seconds ahead of Nao Kodaira of Japan, who had a time of 37.96. Heather Richardson of the U.S. finished third in 38.70.

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