Speed Skating - Dutch dominance continues in Berlin Team Pursuit

The Netherlands continued their early dominance in the men’s team pursuit speed skating World Cup with victory in Berlin.

They made it three wins in as many races after beating USA and Korea into second and third respectively in both Calgary and Salt Lake City.

Korea registered their best finish of the campaign on Saturday, finishing second with a time of 3:41.92minutes while USA slumped to a ninth-place finish.

But the Dutch team took the plaudits once more, finishing in 3:41.46 to extend their lead at the top of the overall rankings.

Earlier in the day Shani Davis lost his perfect record in the 1000m when he finished third.

The two-time Olympic champion finished behind Korea’s Tae-Bum Mo, 1:09.50, and Dutchman Michel Mulder, 1:09.52, who sits second in the standings.

However, despite slipping to his first defeat, Davis remains top of the rankings after wins in Calgary, Salt Lake City and Astana.

Russia’s Olga Fatkulina capitalised on the absence of the dominant Sang-Hwa Lee to claim her first win in the ladies’ 500m.

The Korean skater, who won her seventh straight race on Friday, was not involved on Saturday and Fatkulina, 37.92seconds, took up the mantle.

She moved second in the rankings ahead of American Heather Richardson, who finished third in 38.00 with Beixing Wang in 37.96 splitting them on the day.

And Ireen Wust moved top of the ladies 1500m standings after posting a time of 1:55.33 to win in Berlin.

She beat Poland’s Katarzyna Bachleda-Curus, 1:55.93, and compatriot Lotte van Beek, 1:56.28, to surpass Brittany Bowe, who could only finish sixth on Saturday.

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