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    Saturday, January 17, 1998

    Dutch men and German women dominate speedskating meet

     INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) -- World champion Ids Postma set a course record and led a Dutch sweep in the men's 1,500-meter race at a speedskating World Cup meet Saturday.
     Postma, in the last meet before next month's Olympics, skated through a steady rain in 1 minute,53.76 seconds on Innsbruck's Olympic rink and beat teammates Rintje Ritsma and Martin Hersman.
     Ritsma, who still leads World Cup standings in the event, had a time of 1:54.14, while Hersman clocked 1:55.22.
     In the women's 5,000-meter event, Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann beat fellow German Claudi Pechstein to reverse the Olympic finish four years ago in Lillehammer.
     Niemann-Stirnemann, the world champion, also set a course record of 7:29.48. She was the fourth racer to lower the record during the day.
     Pechstein clocked 7:29.56.
     
     World Cup Speedskating Results
     INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) -- Results Saturday of a World Cup speedskating meet:
     Men
     1,500
     1, Ids Postma, Netherlands, 1 minute, 53.76 seconds. 2, Rintje Ritsma, Netherlands, 1:54.14. 3, Martin Hersman, Netherlands, 1:55.22. 4, Odne Sondrol, Norway, 1:55.61. 5, Andrey Anukfrienko, Russia, 1:56.17. 6, Yusuke Imai, Japan, 1:56.95. 7, Cedric Kuentz, France, 1:57.07. 8, Hiroyuki Noake, Japan, 1:57.08. 9, Keiji Shirahata, Japan, 1:57.48. 10, Peter Adeberg, Germany, 1:57.79. Also: 13, Tim Hoffman, Waukesha, Wis., 2:02.47.
     World Cup Standings -- 1, Ritsma, 165 points. 2, Postma, 145. 3, Soendral, 140. 4, Noake, 127. 5, Hersman, 120. 6, Adeberg, 75.
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     Women
     5,000 -- 1, Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann, Germany, 7:29.48. 2, Claudia Pechstein, Germany, 7:29.56. 3, Elena Belci, Italy, 7:32.61. 4, Anni Friesinger, Germany, 7:37.83. 5, Heike Warnicke, Germany, 7:38.29. 6, Carla Zijlstra, Netherlands, 7:40.14. 7, Tonny de Jong, Netherlands, 7:46.44. 8, Mie Uehara, Japan, 7:47.51. 9, Barbara de Loor, Netherlands, 7:48.25. 10, Lyudmila Prokasheva, Kazakstan, 7:48.89.
     World Cup Standings -- 1, Niemann-Stirnemann and Pechstein, 145 points. 3, Belci, 130. 4, Zijlstra, 125. 5, Warnicke, 120.