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Parra goes from gold to disappointing ninth

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands -- Derek Parra couldn't build on a
gold-medal performance.

Parra finished ninth Sunday in the men's 1,500-meter World Cup
speedskating race with a time of 1 minute, 49.98 seconds. That came
on the heels of a gold medal in the same event Saturday at The
Hague.

Erben Wennemars won the event with a time of 1:47.52 to lead a
Dutch sweep of the medals. Rintje Ritsma (1:48.92) and Gianni Romme
(1:49.13) were second and third.

"I'm a little frustrated," Parra said after the race at Thialf
Ice Stadium. "I thought I could have been top five today, but I
did not skate that well technically. Ninth place is OK, but I can
be in there."

Parra skated the 1,500 in 1:49.78 to win the gold medal.

KC Boutiette, of Tacoma, Wash., skated in 1:50.50 to finish 14th
on Sunday.

Jennifer Rodriguez, of Miami, was 12th in the women's 5,000 with
a time of 7:20.78 seconds. Germany's Gunda Niemann, the world
record holder, won in 6:55.34.