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Shani Takes Moscow
MOSCOW — Shani Davis led the United States to a rare 1-4 finish in the men’s 1500-meter race and a 1-2 sweep of the overall honors at the world allround speedskating championships on Sunday.
Salt Lake City Olympic 1,500-meter champion Anni Friesinger of Germany, who won the women’s 500 and 3,000-meter races on Saturday, took out the 1,500 and 5,000 on Sunday for her third overall title.
Davis collected 150.777 points to top the men’s allround podium. Defending champion Chad Hedrick was second overall with 150.916.
Sven Kramer’s third place was hardly a consolation for Dutch fans who have become used to their skaters’ dominance in men’s world allround speedskating over nearly a decade.
Davis is the fourth American world allround champion after Eric Heiden (1977-79), Eric Flame (1988) and Hedrick.
In the 1,500-meter race, Davis clocked 1 minute, 46.60 seconds to beat Hedrick by 1.10 seconds in the newly built Indoor Ice Skating Center.
KC Boutiette of the U.S. was third in 1:48.79, finishing 19 hundredths of a second ahead of yet another American, Derek Parra.
No team had taken the top four spots in the 1,500-meter race in the allround championships since the Soviet Union in 1956.
Davis said he hasn’t decided whether to race in the world single