Nesbitt wins Grand World Cup speedskating title


BERLIN (AP) — Christine Nesbitt of Canada won the 1,000 meters at the speedskating finals Sunday to take her second overall title in two days and clinch the women's Grand World Cup.

Nesbitt, who won the 1,500 World Cup title Saturday, clinched the last 1,000 race of the season in 1 minute, 15.04 seconds, with Heather Richardson of the United States second, 0.73 seconds behind.

Zhang Hong of China was third, 0.79 seconds behind Nesbitt, who leads the standings with 550 points, ahead of Richardson's 459.

Nesbitt wins the Grand World Cup and its $20,000 prize for the season's best skater after building an insurmountable lead over Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic and Dutch skater Ireen Wust, who did not compete in Berlin because of illness.

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