Russia's Pavel Kulizhnikov won the men's 1,000-metre race on November 18th at the season-opening Speed Skating World Cup event in Japan.
As reported by AP, Kulizhnikov clocked 1 minute, 7.85 seconds to finish 0.54 seconds ahead of Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands. Thomas Krol, also of the Netherlands, took the bronze with a time of 1 minute 8.62 seconds.
Austrian Vanessa Herzog won the women's 1,000-metre race with a time of 1 minute, 14.56 seconds, edging out local favourites Nao Kodaira and Miho Takagi.
Esmee Visser of the Netherlands clinched her career first World Cup victory in the women's 3,000-metres with a time of 4 minutes, 4.6 seconds. Russia's Natalya Voronina took the silver while Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won the bronze. Russia took home the women's team sprint gold.