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Wotherspoon leads strong Canadian skaters

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HAMAR, Norway ? Jeremy Wotherspoon won the 500- and 1,000-meter races Saturday, leading a powerful showing by Canadian speedskaters at the World Sprint Championships.

Catriona LeMay-Doan of Canada won a one-lap race and then placed third in the 1,000 to take the overall lead.

Competing in the Viking Ship indoor oval built for the 1994 Winter Olympics, Wotherspoon won the 500 in 35.06 seconds for a track record.

Casey FitzRandolph of the United States was second in 35.25 and Jan Bos of the Netherlands was third in 35.28.

Wotherspoon also lowered the track record in the 1,000, timed in 1:09.65. Dutchman Gerard van Velde was 0.22 behind in second place. Adne Sondral delighted the home fans by finishing third, 0.32 behind.

Going into Sunday's last two races, Wotherspoon has 69.885 points. Van Velde is second and Michael Ireland of Canada, who was ninth and fourth in the opening races, is third.

FitzRandolph is fourth (70.555 points). He wound up 10th in the 1,000.

LeMay-Doan also lowered the track record in the women's 500, finishing in 38.05. Russia's Svetlana Zhurova finished second in 38.28 and third went to Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt of Germany in 38.30.

Anzjelika Kotiyuga of Belarus won the 1,000 in 1:16.67, with Andrea Nuyt of the Netherlands runner-up, 0.06 behind.

In the overall standings, LeMay-Doan leads Nuyt; Amy Sannes is the top American, tied for 10th.