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Speedskater Havard Lorentzen wins 500 meter title at World Cup

MINSK, Belarus -- Norwegian speedskater Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen added the men's 500 meter title at the World Cup to his Olympic gold medal in the same distance on Sunday.

Lorentzen was fourth in the final race of the season -- as the Dutch team swept the podium headed by Jan Smeekens -- but that was enough to secure the 500 title. Lorentzen had already won the overall World Cup title.

Vanessa Herzog of Austria won the women's 500 title by nine points with a second-place finish behind Angelina Golikova of Russia. Former standings leader Nai Kodaira of Japan was absent with illness.

Miho Takagi of Japan won the women's 1,500 to seal that title, while Russian Denis Yuskov won the World Cup title in the men's 1,500.

Russia won the women's team sprint World Cup title, and Norway took the men's title.

Mass start World Cup champions were Italy's Francesca Lollobrigida and Belgium's Bart Swings.