NEWS
02/19/2012 07:45 EST | Updated 04/20/2012 05:12 EDT

Nesbitt claims bronze at world allround speedskating championships

MOSCOW - Canada's Christine Nesbitt raced to a track record in the 1,500 metres Sunday, en route to claiming bronze at the world allround speedskating championships.

Ireen Wust of the Netherlands captured her third career title after finishing on the podium in all four races of the all-around championships — an endurance test for speedskaters. The champions are determined by their combined results over four distances.

Nesbitt, the overall World Cup leader from London, Ont., had a 2.70-second advantage over Wust ahead of the final race after winning the 1,500 earlier in the day. But she could not keep pace with the Dutchwoman and finished a distant eighth in the 5,000 to drop to third overall.

The Canadian clocked one minute 55.95 to set a track record in the 1,500. She shaved off just one-hundredth of a second from the previous mark set by Claudia Pechstein in 2008.

Wust was 1.03 seconds behind for second, followed by Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg at 1:57.61.

Klassen finished fifth overall.

Nesbitt won Saturday's 500 and was sixth in the 3,000.

Wust was third in the 500 and second in the next three races over the two days to top the standings with 161.050 points.

Long-distance specialist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won the women's final 5,000-metre race in six minutes 58.74 seconds at the Krylatskoye Ice Stadium oval to finish second overall with 161.870 points.

In the men's field, Sven Kramer missed the podium in the 1,500-metre race but remained at the top of the men's standings after three races.

Kramer finished fourth, 0.48 seconds behind winner Havard Bokko of Norway, who was timed at 1:46.82, but preserved a 2.20-second advantage over fellow Dutchman Jan Blokhuijsen going into the final and his favourite 10,000-metre race.

Defending champion Ivan Skobrev was 0.12 seconds behind Bokko for second. He was followed by Blokhuijsen at 1:47.22.

— With files from The Canadian Press.