Speedskater Lorentzen wins 500 meters title at World Cup

Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen of Norway holds the trophy after winning the final classification of the men's 500 meters races at the World Cup speedskating at the Minsk-Arena Speed Skating Stadium, in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Vanessa Herzog of Austria holds the trophy after winning the final classification of the women's 500 meters races at the World Cup speedskating at the Minsk-Arena Speed Skating Stadium, in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

MINSK, Belarus — Norwegian speedskater Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen added the men's 500 meters title at the World Cup to his Olympic gold medal in the same distance on Sunday.

Lorentzen was fourth in the final race of the season — as the Dutch team swept the podium headed by Jan Smeekens — but that was enough to secure the 500 title. Lorentzen had already won the overall World Cup title.

Vanessa Herzog of Austria won the women's 500 title by nine points with a second-place finish behind Angelina Golikova of Russia. Former standings leader Nai Kodaira of Japan was absent with illness.

Miho Takagi of Japan won the women's 1,500 to seal that title, while Russian Denis Yuskov won the World Cup title in the men's 1,500.

Russia won the women's team sprint World Cup title, and Norway took the men's title.

Mass start World Cup champions were Italy's Francesca Lollobrigida and Belgium's Bart Swings.

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