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Michael Mulder defends 500 title

NAGANO, Japan -- Defending champion Michael Mulder of the Netherlands won the men's 500-meter race at the world sprint speedskating championships Saturday.

Mulder clocked a time of 34.83 seconds to finish 0.36 seconds ahead of Daniel Greig of Australia. Mirko Giacomo Nenzi of Italy was third with a time of 35.27 seconds.

Shani Davis of the United States was 11th with a time of 35.58.

Jing Yu of China won the women's 500 with a time of 37.67, 0.33 seconds ahead of Margot Boer of the Netherlands. Defending champion Heather Richardson of the United States was third with a time of 38.04.

The world sprint speed skating championships feature 50 of the fastest sprinters in the world competing in the 500- and 1,000-meter races.

Denis Kuzin of Kazakhstan won the men's 1,000 with a time of 1 minute, 09.37 seconds, edging Davis by 0.07 seconds. Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands was third in 1:09.56.

Hong Zhang of China won the women's 1,000 event with a time of 1:15.17, edging Boer by 0.14 seconds. Jing Yu of China was third in 1:15.61.

The skaters who started in the inner lane Saturday will start in the outer lane Sunday to have equal circumstances for everyone.