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Miho Takagi takes 1,000 silver behind Leerdam at World Cup

Japan’s Miho Takagi claimed silver in the women’s 1,000 meters at the speed skating World Cup on Friday, placing behind her Dutch rival Jutta Leerdam.

The Beijing Winter Games gold medalist was provisionally first after clocking 1 minute, 13.92 seconds in Heerenveen in the Netherlands, but Olympic runner-up Leerdam bettered her by 0.15 in the very next pairing to claim top spot.

Leerdam secured her second straight World Cup title over the distance after also winning Sunday in Stavanger, Norway, with Takagi coming third.

Japan’s Miho Takagi reacts after competing in the women’s 1,000 meters at a World Cup speed skating meet in Heerenveen, Netherlands, on Nov. 18, 2022. She won silver. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

“It’s fun to have someone you can compete with,” said Takagi, who has been training separately from the Japan national team this season. “I want to take one step at a time.”

Among the other Japanese skaters competing at the meet, Kazuya Yamada placed fourth in the men’s 1,000, logging 1:08.20, while Kota Kikuchi came seventh in the men’s mass start.

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