January 29, 2012

China's Yu Jing broke the world record in 500 meters Sunday and finished second in the 1,000 to win the world sprint speedskating championship.

Yu won the 500 in 36.94 seconds. Canada's Christine Nesbitt was second in the overall four-race competition, 0.02 points back. She swept the 1,000 races Saturday and Sunday, setting a world record Saturday.

The Netherlands' Stefan Groothuis won the men's sprint championship. He won the 1,000.

"At last," Groothuis said. "Pretty much before I got fourth. Finally I won a big championship and I'm really glad for that. Sprints is the most difficult one to win, so I'm really glad to win this one."

South Korea's Lee Kyou-hyuk was second, 0.19 points back, and teammate Mo Tae-bum was third.

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