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Japan claimed four gold medals in speed skating and China won two on the short track at the Asian Winter…
SAPPORO —
Japan claimed four gold medals in speed skating and China won two on the short track at the Asian Winter Games on Tuesday.
Nao Kodaira of Japan earned her second gold of the Sapporo Games by beating two-time Olympic champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea in the women’s 500 on the long track.
Kodaira is unbeaten in six World Cups this season, and the winner of the 1,000 on Monday.
“I wasn’t at my best today, maybe 80 percent of full fitness,” Kodaira said. “But I wanted to race against a strong sprinter and it was good preparation (for the 2018 Winter Olympics).”
Takuro Oda won the men’s 1,000, and Miho Takagi the women’s 1,500.
The Japanese team of Misaki Oshigiri, Nana Takagi, and Ayano Sato cruised to victory in the women’s team pursuit. South Korea was second, and China third.
Wu Dajing, the silver medalist in the men’s 1,500 meters on Monday, won gold in the 500, edging Seo Yi-ra of South Korea by .

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