Richardson wins 1,000, World Sprint Championships

LYNN DeBRUIN AP Sports Writer Published:

KEARNS, Utah (AP) -- Heather Richardson won the 1,000-meter race Sunday to become the first American woman to win the World Sprint Championships since 2005.

Richardson finished in 1 minute, 13.19 seconds, edging Canada's Christine Nesbitt in the final women's race of the championship at the Utah Olympic Oval.

Richardson won the overall title based on points, with a gold Sunday to go with a pair of bronze medals Saturday. She had 148.015 points. Defending champion Jing Yu of China was second overall with 148.280 points, and South Korea's Lee Sang-hwa third at 148.560.

The men's overall champ will be determined after the final 1,000 later Sunday.

Earlier Sunday, Lee set a track record in winning the 500.

Lee, who set a world record last weekend at the World Cup in Calgary, finished in 36.99 seconds to edge Dutch skater Thijsje Oenema. Oenema set a Dutch national record by skating a 37.06.

The old record for the Utah Olympic Oval was 37.00, set in 2007 by Germany's Jenny Wolf.

American Heather Richardson was fourth in the 500 at 37.24. But she moved up to first overall in the championship with one race remaining.

Japan's Joji Kato won his second 500 of the competition Sunday, finishing in 34.29 to edge Canadians Jamie Gregg (34.50) and Gilmore Junio (34.53).

Michel Mulder of the Netherlands was the men's overall leader with one event remaining.