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Dutch Sweep Top 4 Places at Speedskating World Cup - 2003-11-16


Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands set a course record and led a Dutch sweep of the top four places as he won the 1,500-meter event at the speedskating World Cup in Erfurt, Germany, on Sunday.

Tuitert covered the distance in 1:47.24 to break American Derek Parra's old mark by almost a quarter-second. Erben Wennemars was second, with Ids Postma third and Carl Verheijen in fourth place. Tuitert and Wennemars both have 180 points after two World Cup events.

Anni Friesinger of Germany captured the women's 3,000 meters on Sunday to celebrate her 20th World Cup victory and her second straight this season. She finished the race in 4:6.33 to edge Dutchwoman Renate Groenewold by one 10th of a second. German Olympic champion Claudia Pechstein was third.

German veteran Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann, in her comeback season after becoming a mother, finished fourth in the arena named after her. Jennifer Rodriguez of the United States, who won Saturday's 1,500-meter event, settled for fifth.

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