Speed Skating - Wüst well placed to defend European title after first day in Hamar

Ireen Wüst looks well set to defend her allround title at the European Speed Skating Championships after winning the first two races in Hamar, Norway.

The Dutch star kicked things off in style as she finished the ladies' 500m in 38.77 seconds to take the victory, with Karolina Erbanová of the Czech Republic 0.03 further back in second and Russian Yuliya Skokova third in 39.01.

But Wüst wasn't done there, returning to the Norwegian ice just over an hour later to repeat the feat in the 3000m.

Wüst came home in 4:02.02 minutes for the win, compatriot Yvonne Nauta finishing runner-up 0.61 seconds further back, with Martina Sábliková third in 4:04.22 minutes.

In the men's 500m it was home skater Håvard Bøkko who claimed victory in 35.99 seconds, with Polish duo Konrad Niedzwiedzki and Zbigniew Brodka second and third respectively.

And Russian Aleksey Suvorov claimed victory in the men's 5000m in a time of 6:40.63 minutes, 1.43 ahead of Hungarian Konrád Nagy while Poland's Piotr Puszkarski was third.