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Ireen Wust closing in on another speed skating title

Ireen Wust is closing in another speed skating title, after taking a commanding lead in the world allround championships after the first two races in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

Takes commanding lead in world allround championships

Ireen Wust of Netherlands competes on her way to winning the 3000-metre ladies race at the Essent ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships at the Thialf Stadium on Saturday in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Ireen Wust is closing in another speed skating title, after taking a commanding lead in the world allround championships after the first two races in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

Wust, who claimed two gold medals and three silvers at the Sochi Olympics, won both the 500-metre and 3,000-metre races on Saturday to open up a big lead over Yuliya Skokova and Olga Graf of Russia.

On Sunday, Wust has to skate the 1,500 - one of her favourite distances, and the 5,000. She won silver medals in both distances in Sochi.

In the men's competition, Koen Verweij of the Netherlands came second in both the 500 and 5,000 races to take the overall lead, narrowly ahead of countryman Jan Blokhuijsen. Havard Bokko of Norway was third.

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