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Thibaut Fauconnet wins short track gold

DRESDEN, Germany -- French speedskater Thibaut Fauconnet claimed gold in the men's 500 meters at the short track World Cup on Saturday, finishing one hundredth of a second ahead of Simon Cho to cut his gap in the standings behind the American.

Fauconnet won in 41.392 seconds, with Cho following in 41.406 and another American, Travis Jayner, third in 42.834.

Cho leads the 500 standings after seven of eight events with 2,978 points, followed by Fauconnet with 2,635 and China's Jialiang Han with 2,134.

China's Xianwei Liu won the 1,500 in 2 minutes, 16.962 seconds, ahead of South Korea's Lee Ho-suk in 2:17.176, with Michael Gilday of Canada third in 2:17.378.

Maxime Chataignier leads the 1,500 points with 2,170, ahead of China's Weilong Song with 2,088 and South Korea's Jinkyu Noh with 2,035.

On the women's side, Dutch speedskater Marrit Leenstra won the 1,500-meter race for her first World Cup gold medal.

Leenstra edged teammate Ireen Wust by 0.37 seconds at the Utah Olympic Oval on Saturday. A slip by Wust likely cost her the gold.

Leenstra finished in 1 minute, 53.38 seconds. Canada's Christine Nesbitt was third in 1:54.16. Heather Richardson of the U.S. was fourth in a 1:54.25.

Martina Sablikova fell after American Jilleane Rookard lost her balance and slid in front of Sablikova as they turned midway through their heat. Rookard was disqualified. Sablikova chose not to re-skate and left the arena in pain.

Sablikova beat her own world record to win the 5,000 on Friday.

Bob de Jong and Marrit Leenstra gave the Dutch a sweep of golds Saturday at the World Cup speedskating events at the Utah Olympic Oval.

de Jong beat Korea's Seung-Hoon Lee by more than 4 seconds in the 10,000-meter race, yet was disappointed he couldn't set a world record. He finished in 12 minutes, 53.17 seconds. Bob de Vries took bronze (13:01.82).

Earlier Saturday, Leenstra won the women's 1,500 for her first World Cup gold medal. She edged teammate Ireen Wust, whose slip likely cost her the gold.

Leenstra finished in 1:53.38. Canada's Christine Nesbitt was third in 1:54.16. Heather Richardson of the U.S. was fourth in a 1:54.25.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.