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    Saturday, November 29, 1997

    Dutch skater breaks Canadian's world record

     BERLIN (CP) -- Ids Postma of the Netherlands broke Canadian Neal Marshall's world record in the men's 1,500 metres Saturday in the World Cup season opener for long track speed skaters.
     Postma, fifth in the World Cup standings last season, blew away the field by clocking one minute and 49.81 seconds smashing Marshall's previous mark of 1:50.05 set last March in Calgary at the Canadian championships.
     Martin Hersman of Netherlands was second in 1:51.35 and Hiroyuki Noake of Japan third 1:51.51. Marshall, second the past two seasons in the 1,500 World Cup standings, was a disappointing 13th in 1:53.36.
     He was surprised Postma beat his record.
     "It's really stunning to lose it here, Postma had a great performance," said Marshall, 28, one of Canada's top Olympic medal contenders. "This ice is certainly good but not as fast as in Calgary."
     Jason Parker of Yorkton, Sask., a world championship bronze medallist last season, was 20th, Mark Knoll of Regina 22nd, Steven Elm of Calgary 24th and Kevin Marshall of Coquitlam 26th out of 58 entries.
     In the women's 1,500, six-time world champion Gunda Niemann led Germany to a 1-2 finish with a track record 2:01.17 for the gold. Her teammate Claudia Pechstein was second at 2:02.04 and Emese Hunyady of Austria third at 2:02.61.
     Cindy Overland of Kitchener, Ont., was 24th, Ingrid Liepa of Ottawa 26th and Canadian champion Susan Massitti of Vermillion, Alta., 29th out of 46.
     "I'm very sastified with my performance," said Liepa. "I see this World Cup as critical in the building process leading up to the Olympic trials (end of December). I wasn't expecting a stellar performance. I'm just tuning at this stage and I think it's the same for the other members of our team."
     Competition ends today with the men's 5,000 and women's 3,000.

    Speedskating-World Cup Results

     BERLIN (AP) -- Results Saturday from the Speedskating World Cup held at the Hohenschoenhausen ice rink:
     1. Ids Postma, Netherlands, 1 minute, 49.81 seconds (world record).
     2. Martin Hersman, Netherlands, 1:51.35.
     3. Hiroyuki Noake, Japan, 1:51.51.
     4. Rintje Ritsma, Netherlands, 1:51.64.
     5. Adne Sondral, Norway, 1:52.52.
     6. Peter Adeberg, Germany, 1:52.59.
     7. Keiji Shirahata, Japan, 1:52.73.
     8. Falko Zandstra, Netherlands, 1:52.81.
     9. Jae-Bong Choi, South Korea, 1:53.08.
     10. Dmitry Shepel, Russia, 1:53.10.
     13. Neal Marschall, Canada, 1:53.36.
     17. KC Boutiette, United States, 1:53.72.
     20. Jason Parker, Canada, 1:54.06.
     22. Mark Knoll, Canada, 1:54.40.
     26. Kevin Marshall, Canada, 1:54.76.
     28. Tim Hoffman, United States, 1:55.31.
     35. Dave Tamburrino, United States, 1:56.23.
     37. Derek Parra, United States, 1:56.37.
     49. Nick Pearson, United States, 1:58.79.
     1. Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann, Germany, 2 minutes, 1.17 seconds.
     2. Claudia Pechstein, Germany, 2:02.04.
     3. Emese Hunyady, Austria, 2:02.61.
     4. Marianne Timmer, Netherlands, 2:03.12.
     5. Svetlanda Bazhanova, Russia, 2:03.17.
     6. Maki Tabata, Japan, 2:03.20.
     7. Anni Friesinger, Germany, 2:03.47.
     8. Chris Witty, United States, 2:03.76.
     9. Ulrike Adeberg, Germany, 2:03.79.
     10. Chiharu Nozaki, Japan, 2:03.83.
     16. Jennifer Rodriguez, United States, 2:05.06.
     18. Kirstin Holum, United States, 2:05.55.
     25. Cindy Overland, Canada, 2:06.57.
     26. Ingrid Leipa, Canada, 2:06.84.
     29. Susan Massitti, Canada, 2:07.32.
     34. Catherine Raney, United States, 2:09.06.