Miho Takagi beaten to world all-around title by Schouten

Japanese speed skater Miho Takagi finished second in the women’s all-around at the world championships on Sunday, beaten to first place by Dutchman Irene Schouten.

First overall after winning the 500 meters and finishing fifth in the 3,000 on Saturday, Takagi then won the 1,500 but finished fourth in the 5,000 to score 159.305 points, just 0.331 behind Schouten who won only 3 000 at the Hamar Olympic Hall in Norway.

Miho Takagi of Japan is pictured after finishing second in the women’s all-around at the World Speed ​​Skating Championships in Hamar, Norway on March 6, 2022. (Kyodo)

Takagi topped the 1,500m with a time of 1 minute and 55.03 seconds, finishing one place higher in the event than she did at the Beijing Olympics last month.

But a 6.08-second lead wasn’t enough heading into the 5,000m, a race longer than Takagi’s favorite events.

Schouten, winner of the 3,000m, 5,000m and mass start in Beijing, finished second to Czech Martina Sablikova in Sunday’s final race with Takagi crossing fourth in a personal best 7:01.97.

“I held on well until the end. I couldn’t get first place, but I want to (congratulate myself on my performance),” Takagi said after missing out on his second career all-round title. She won the 2018 edition to become the first non-European to do so.

Two weeks after the Beijing Games, where she also won gold in the 1000m and silver in the 500m and team pursuit, Takagi was unable to maintain her usual pace in the short distance events due to fatigue. His travel schedule also limited his training time.

“I’m really tired. I want to rest well,” she said, although she needed to start preparations for the final World Cup races next weekend in the Netherlands.

Her older sister Nana posted her best all-around world result finishing seventh, while Ayano Sato, who won the team pursuit silver in Beijing alongside the Takagi sisters, finished eighth.

Sweden’s Nils van der Poel won the men’s competition, with Riku Tsuchiya the highest ranked Japanese in sixth.

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