Published: Feb 18, 11:14a ET
Updated: Feb 18, 11:42a ET

Kramer, Wust lead at Allround speedskating worlds

MOSCOW (AP) - Sven Kramer of the Netherlands won the men's 5,000-meter race with a new track record to top the standings dominated by Dutch skaters after two races at the World Allround Speedskating Championships on Saturday.

Although she has yet to win a race, defending champion Ireen Wust of the Netherlands has not missed the podium in the first two races at the Krylatskoye Ice Stadium oval to lead the women's field.

Kramer, the world record-holder in the 5,000 and 10,000, clocked 6 minutes, 14.22 seconds in the men's 5,000-meter race. He shaved off 4.21 seconds off the old mark set by fellow Dutchman Bob de Jong at a World Cup meet in January 2011.

Jan Blokhuijsen of Netherlands was timed 6:16.99 for second, while defending all-around champion Ivan Skoberev of Russia was third at 6:19.78.

Kramer, who finished eighth in the 500-meter opener, leads the standings with 74.123 points after two races. He is followed by compatriots Blokhuijsen with 74.259 points and Koen Verweij with 74.330.

Zbigniew Brodka of Poland was timed at 36.24 seconds to win the men's sprint race. He was just 2-hundredths of a second ahead of Verweij. Brodka's fellow Pole Konrad Niedzwiedzki came in third at 36.32.

Wust tops the women's field with 79.818 points after finishing third in the 500-meter opener and second in the 3,000-meter race.

World Cup overall leader Christine Nesbitt, who won the women's 500-meter race, but finished sixth in the second race, was second with 79. 891 points. The Canadian was followed by Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic at 80.610 points.

The Czech, who has been unbeatable in the 3,000-meter race this season, clocked 4 minutes, 01.80 seconds to claim her fourth victory at the distance. She edged Wust by 69-hundredths of a second at the finish line. Linda de Vries of the Netherlands was third in a time of 4:07.06

In the women's sprint, Nesbitt clocked 38.30 seconds and was followed by Yekaterina Lobysheva of Russia and Wust, 0.65 and 1.07 seconds behind, respectively.

The all-around championships are an endurance test for speedskaters. The champions are determined by their combined results over four races. The women will race the 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters Sunday, while the men compete in the 1,500 and the 10,000.

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