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Miho Takagi leads the way in Amsterdam

Takagi leads the way in Amsterdam
By Sportsbeat

09/03/2018 at 22:53Updated 09/03/2018 at 23:24

Miho Takagi leads the way after the first day of competition in the World All-Round Speed Skating Championships in Amsterdam.

The Japanese skater – who picked up a gold, a silver and a bronze in Pyeongchang – finished first in Friday's first event, the 500m, with a time of 39.01 seconds.

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Olympic gold medallist and defending world champion Ireen Wust struggled in the opener – being contested in the open air.

The Dutchwoman was ninth in 40.81 seconds but bounced back in style in the evening's 3,000m event.

There Wust finished first in a time of 4:15.80 – nearly a full four seconds clear of Takagi who was second.

All that means that overall the 23-year Japanese skater is first after two events with 82.306 points, Wust is second on 83.443 with Wust's compatriot Antoinette de Jong third on 84.310.