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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Japanese Put Golden Finish on World Cup Season


CALGARY, Canada -- Manabu Horii capped a glorious meet for himself and the entire Japanese team, capturing gold in the final men's 1,000-meter race of the World Cup season.

Horii, who set a world record in winning Friday's 1,000-meter race in 1:11.67, returned to the podium Sunday to collect the second gold in the event. He broke countryman Yasunori Miyabe's 1994 record of 1:12.37, set at the same ultra-fast Olympic Oval.

Japanese skaters won three of Sunday's four races but took away four pieces of gold as Shiho Kusunose and Tomomi Okazaki clocked identical times of one minute, 19.62 seconds to lead the women's 1,000-meters field.

Mie Uehara won the women's 5,000 meters in 7:18.63 ahead of Carla Zijlstra of the Netherlands at 7:19.08.

The men's 10,000 meters was won in 13:51.14 by Dutchman Rintje Ritsma.

Japanese skaters set three world records at the meet. Horii claimed silver in both 500-meter races, finishing behind Hiroyasu Shimizu's 35.39 in Saturday's 500. Both Japanese men broke Dan Jansen's 1994 world record of 35.76, also set in Calgary.

Hiroyuki Noake set Japan's third world mark in winning the men's 1,500 meters on Saturday in 1:50.61, breaking Norwegian Johan Olav Koss's mark of 1:51.29. Five skaters surpassed the previous record.

Meanwhile, in The Hague, Italy set two world records in relay events Sunday at the world short track championships.

In the men's 5,000-meters relay, the Italians won in seven minutes 04.92 seconds, beating the previous mark of 7:07.96 set by Canada in Gjovik, Norway in March 1995.

In the women's 3,000-meters relay, Italy won in 4:21.50, beating China's record of 4:24.68, also set in Gjovik last year. ()