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Kristina Groves skates to victory in Sunday's 1,500-metre race at the all-round worlds in Hamar, Norway. ((Geir Olsen/Scanpix/Associated Press))

Canada's Kristina Groves and Christine Nesbitt finished 1-2 in the 1,500 metres Sunday at the world all-round speedskating championships in Hamar, Norway, and Groves ended up second in the women's overall chase.

Groves, from Ottawa, posted a time of one minute 56.17 seconds to beat Nesbitt, from London, Ont., by 0.32 of a second. Ireen Wust of the Netherlands was third.

Brittany Schussler finished ninth, and fellow Winnipegger Clara Hughes was 15th.

Groves's victory — along with her top-five finishes in Sunday's 5,000 metres and Saturday's 500 and 3,000 — clinched the silver medal in the all-round competition.

Medals are awarded only for the all-round finish, not individual races.

"I was happy with the end result," Groves said. "It's a little bit bitter-sweet because I knew [the all-round title] was in my grasp and just didn't quite have enough in the 5,000 and to feel that slip away was a little hard."

Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic captured the all-round gold by winning the 5,000 and 3,000, and placing 10th in the 500 and eighth in the 1,500.

Nesbitt, the winner of the 500, finished sixth in the overall chase, Schussler was ninth and Hughes was 19th.

Defending champion Paulien van Deutekom of the Netherlands only managed seventh.

Germany's Claudia Pechstein, who won her third title at the European championships last month, withdrew from the meet after the first two races.

The men's all-round crown went to Sven Kramer of the Netherlands for the third consecutive time after he won Sunday's concluding 10,000 metres.

Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., who won the 500 on Saturday, was the top Canadian in the overall men's standings, finishing seventh.

Steven Elm of Red Deer, Alta., was 15th, and Lucas Makowsky of Regina was 17th.

With files from the Canadian Press