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Jansen Skates to World Record

From Staff and Wire Reports

American speedskater Dan Jansen set a world record in the 500-meter event at the World Sprint Speedskating Championships at Calgary, Alberta, on Sunday, dipping below the 36-second mark for the fourth time.

Jansen, of Greenfield, Wis., was clocked at 35.76 seconds and reached a speed of 33.24 m.p.h. in breaking his world record of 35.92 seconds, set Dec. 4 in Norway.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair, of Champaign, Ill., won all four races she skated during the two-day competition and set a world points record in winning her first world championship since 1989.

Blair led the women with 157.40 points, followed by Germany’s Angela Hauck with 159.02 and China’s Rui Hong Xue with 159.08.

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Jansen topped the men with 144.81 points, followed by Russia’s Sergei Klevchenja with 145.31 and Japan’s Junichi Inoue with 145.67.

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Cammy Myler became the first U.S. woman to win a World Cup luge race with a victory in 1:28.284 at Altenberg, Germany.

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Local favorite Philippe LaRoche won a World Cup aerials meet at Lac Beauport, Quebec. LaRoche compiled 211.70 points on two jumps. Ray Fuerst of New York was second with 195.92 points, with three-time Olympian Kris Feddersen of Steamboat Springs, Colo., third with 192.86. In the women’s event, Lina Cherjazova of Uzbekistan won for the third time in a row with 171.14 points.

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Alberto Tomba, despite a sore shoulder, won a slalom race in the men’s World Cup at Chamonix, France, with a total time of 2 minutes 1.37 seconds. Tomas Fogdoe of Sweden was second at 2:02.34.

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