Canada's Christine Nesbitt won the 500 metres Saturday to leave her fifth overall after the first day of the world all-round speedskating championships.

Nesbitt, who won the bronze at last year's event, was 18th in the 3,000 metres.

The Olympic champion has 82.621 points after two of four races. Dutch great Ireen Wust led the women's competition after winning the 3,000 and finishing second in the 500.

They'll skate the 1,500 and 5,000 metres on Sunday, with the all-round champion determined by the lowest cumulative point total after the four distances.

Nesbitt won the 500 in 38.60 seconds, beating Wust by 0.75 seconds. Regina's Kali Christ took sixth while Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg was 10th.

Schussler was the top Canadian in the 3,000 metres, finishing ninth. She's 10th overall, while Christ is 11th.

Lucas Makowsky of Regina is 17th in the men's event, while Alec Janssens of Chilliwack, B.C., is in 21st.

Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer closed in on his sixth allround world championship title by winning the 5,000 metres to take the overall men's lead.