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    Sunday, January 25, 1998

    Le May Doan takes world sprint crown

     BERLIN (CP) -- Catriona Le May Doan of Saskatoon won the overall women's sprint title Sunday at the long track speed skating world sprint championships.
     Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., was second overall in men's competition.
     Le May Doan duplicated her Saturday results by winning the 500 metres and placing third in the 1,000 metres.
     It was the first overall sprint title for Canada since Gaetan Boucher in 1984 and the first for a Canadian woman since Sylvia Burka in 1977.
     "If I keep up this pace I'll do well in Nagano," said Le May Doan, 27, who won seven of 12 World Cup races this season and will race in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 metres at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan in February.
     "I've built a bit of a gap in the 500 but the 1,000 is very close. This was the first competition in awhile I felt nervous so I'm happy and relieved."
     Germany's Sabina Voelker was second and American Chris Witty third.
     The weekend's 12-medal performance by Canada at the event doubles the previous best of six medals in 1979.
     The women's 500 was a Canadian 1-2 finish on Sunday with Le May Doan clocking 38.65 seconds and Olympic silver medallist Susan Auch of Winnipeg second in 39.00. Auch placed seventh overall.
     In men's competition, Jan Bos of the Netherlands won three of the four races to claim the overall crown.
     Wotherspoon was second and picked up medals in the four races winning Sunday's 500 metres and tying for third in the 1,000 with Kevin Overland of Kitchener, Ont.
     "It should be an exciting battle between me and Bos at the Olympics," said Wotherspoon, 21, who leads both the 500 and 1,000 World Cup standings.
     "At the Olympics I'll be more rested so I should be a bit more on that I was this weekend."
     Overland placed fifth overall, Patrick Bouchard of Cap-Rouge, Que., was eighth while Sylvain Bouchard fell in the 500 which put him near the bottom of the overall standings. He was eighth in the 1,000.
     Linda Johnson Blair of Fort St. John, B.C., was 19th overall after placing 12th in the 500.

     World Sprint Speedskating Results
     BERLIN (AP) -- Results Sunday of the Speedskating Sprint World Championships held at the Hohenschoenhausen ice rink:

     Men
     Overall -- 1, Jan Bos, Netherlands, 143.736 points. 2, Jeremy Wotherspoon, Canada, 144.425. 3, Erben Wennemars, Netherlands, 145.238. 4, Hiroyasu Shimizu, Japan, 145.428. 5, Kevin Overland, Canada, 145.865. 6, Manabu Horii, Japan, 145.880. 7, Jakkojan Leeuwangh, Netherlands, 146.045. 8, Patrick Bouchard, Canada, 146.335. 9, Nathaniel Mills, Washington, 149.420. Also: 30, Marc Pelchat, Chelmsford, Mass., 150.470. 33, Tim Hoffmann, Waukesha, Wis., 152.335. 38, Sylvian Bouchard, Canada, 171.380.
     500 -- 1, Wotherspoon, 35.99 seconds. 2, Horii, 36.12. 3, Shimizu, 36.25. 4, Bos, 36.36. 5, P.Bouchard, 36.39. 6, Wennemars, 36.49. 7, Toshiyuki Kuroiwa, Japan, 36.55. 8, Aleksandr Golubev, Russia, 36.57. Also: 13, Kevin Overland, Caada, 36.81. 25, Pelchat, 37.26. 32, Mills, 37.74. 34, Hoffmann, 38.61. 39, S.Bouchard, Canada, 1:02.44.
     1,000 -- 1, Bos, 1 minute, 11.10 seconds. 2, Wennemars, 1:11.74. 3, (tie) Overland and Wotherspoon, 1:12.28. 5, Leeuwangh, 1:12.29. 6, Christian Breuer, Germany, 1:12.44. 7, Adne Sondral, Norway, 1:12.47. 8, S.Bouchard, 1;12.51. Also: 12, P.Bouchard, 1:13.14. 20, Mills, 1:13.94. 30, Hoffmann, 1:15.67. 35, Pelchat, 1:16.59.
     
     Overall -- 1, Catriona LeMay-Doan, Canada, 154.890 points. 2, Sabine Volker, Germany, 156.125. 3, Chris Witty, West Allis, Wis., 156.320. 4, Franziska Schenk, Germany, 157.020. 5, Kyoko Shimazaki, Japan, 157.835. 6, Anke Baier-Loef, Germany, 158.005. 7, Susan Auch, Canada, 158.185. 8, Marianne Timmer, Netherlands, 158.665. Also: 11, Becky Sundstrom, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 159.760. 15, Moira D'Andrea, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 160.915. 17, Amy Sannes, St. Paul,Minn., 161.205. 20, Linda Johnson-Blair, Canada, 161.570.
     500 -- 1, LeMay-Doan, 38.65. 2, Auch, 39.00. 3, Voelker, 39.45. 4, Schenk, 39.46. 5, Shimazaki, 39.46. 6, Baier-Loef, 39.58. 7, Witty, 39.61. 8, Tomomi Okazaki, Japan, 39.64. Also: 12, Johnson-Blair, 39.92. 15, Sundstrom, 40.28. 20, D'Andrea, 40.54. 24, Sannes, 40.73.
     1,000 -- 1, Schenk, 1:17.49. 2, Witty, 1:17.53. 3, LeMay-Doan, 1:17.58. 4, Voelker, 1:17.80. 5, Timmer, 1:18.39. 6, Baier-Loef, 1:18.78. 7, Monique Garbrecht, Germany, 1:19.04. 8, Annamarie Thomas, Netherlands, 1:19.11. Also: 10, Sundstrom, 1:19.70. 11, D'Andrea, 1:20.11. 12, (tie) Auch and Sannes, 1:20.25. 23, Johnson-Blair, 1:21.45.