Koen Verweij, Jorit Bergsma win men's World Cup speedskating races
Claudia Pechstein wins women's 3,000M
Koen Verweij earned his first career World Cup individual victory Sunday by winning the men's 1,500-metre race while his fellow Dutchman Jorit Bergsma won the men's mass start in Kolomna, Russia.
Former Olympic champion Claudia Pechstein of Germany marked her first victory this season by winning the women's 3,000-metre event.
Verweij clocked one minute 45.56 seconds at the Kolomna speedskating centre near Moscow, edging Bart Swings of Belgium by 0.21 seconds.
Brian Hansen of the United States was another 0.14 seconds behind for third.
Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., was 19th.
Verveij was a member of the Dutch team that won the world championships title and two World Cup races in the men's team pursuit last season.
Maurice Vriend of the Netherlands, who won the season-opening 1,500 race in Heerenveen, Netherlands, last weekend, leads the discipline standings with 145 points. Havard Bokko of Norway is 15 points behind in second, while Verweij trails him by two points for third.
Bergsma clocked 10 minutes and seven hundredths of a second to finish ahead of two French skaters — Ewen Fernendez and Alexis Contin, who were 0.35 and 8.91 seconds behind respectively.
Canada's Belchos finishes fourth
Jordan Belchos of Toronto just missed the podium and 17.26 seconds behind Contin. Winnipeg's Tyler Derraugh was 12th.
After two of three mass start races this season, Bergsma leads the discipline standings with 145 points. Contin is five points behind in second. Christijn Groeneveld of the Netherlands has 132 points for third.
Pechstein was timed in four minutes, 2.31 seconds and edged reigning world 3,000-metre champion Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic by 0.15 seconds for her second World Cup victory this year since a two-year ban for suspected blood doping.
Marije Joling of the Netherlands came in third in 4:03.90. Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin was 13th.
Stephanie Beckert of Germany, who won in Heerenveen, leads the discipline standings with 160 points. Sablikova, who was a runner-up in two races, also has 160 points for second. Claudia Pechstein is third with 121.
The next stop of the nine-leg World Cup is scheduled for next weekend at Astana, Kazakhstan.