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Tuesday, 14th December 2010
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Japanese skater claims tenth World Cup win

Japan's leading speed skater has won another title at the World Cup.

Joji Kato finished ahead of fellow countryman Keiichiro Nagashima in the men's 500 metre race at the World Cup Obihiro event.

It is the third win for the skater this season and the tenth of his career at the distance. The win also makes up for his disappointing performance in Saturday's race, reports the Japan Times.

"I spent three weeks to prepare for this event, so in my mind there was no reason for me not to win," said Kato, who won a bronze medal at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.

"Today I felt well. I think that's the main factor for my win," he added.

The female competition was won by Korea's Sang-Hwa Lee, followed by Jing Yu for China and German Jenny Wolf.

Written by Susan Ballion

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