Leenstra wins women's 1,500-meter World Cup race


KOLOMNA, Russia (AP) -- Marrit Leenstra of the Netherlands earned her second career speedskating World Cup victory Saturday by winning the women's 1,500-meter race.

Leenstra clocked 1 minute, 55.04 seconds at the Kolomna speedskating center near Moscow, edging Yekaterina Shikhova of Russia by 0.49 seconds.

Defending overall World Cup champion Christine Nesbitt of Canada clocked 1:56:16 for third.

Leenstra, who was second behind Nesbitt in the season-opening 1,500 race at Heerenveen, Netherlands, last weekend, leads the discipline standings with 180 points. Nesbitt is 10 points behind in second, while Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic is third with 110.

A women's mass start was scheduled to follow the men's 5,000 race later Saturday.