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COPENHAGEN, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The third and final day of action from the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup for speed skating saw Asian skaters winning all the four gold medals on offer in the Sormarka Arena in Stavanger of Norway on Sunday.

In the men's 1,500m Men's Division A event, Poland silver medalist Ning Zhongyan roared past the finish line to win in one minute 45.167 seconds on Sunday, in a performance that assured gold for China in Norway.

Joey Mantia of the United States won silver and South Korean Kim Minseok took bronze in a field of 20 competitors.

In the first of the medal events, Japan's Tatsuya Shinhama edged Saturday's 500m gold medalist, Laurent Dubreuil of Canada to clinch the title in the last group race.

Dubreuil produced an improved time on his gold medal performance from Saturday but it was not enough to win gold on Sunday as the Japanese speed skater pipped the Canadian by "a toe" to the finish line with the day's best time in 34.578 seconds.

The bronze went to Artem Arefyev with a time of 34.671. The Russian also took silver at the same distance yesterday.

Japan once again won gold in the next event, the second Women's 500m Division A final, where the nimble Nao Kodaira of Japan, the track record holder at 500m, won gold, overcoming the final challenge of yesterday's gold medallist Erin Jackson, with 37.523.

The American, already the winner of three gold medals this season, looked formidable, clad in black, and was fast but failed to win despite knowing the target she had to beat before she took to the ice in the final rally.

In the end, Jackson could only secure a silver medal with Russia's Angelina Golikova producing another sterling performance to earn a bronze in 37.712.

Japan's Miho Takag and Ayano Sato secured gold and bronze medal respectively in the final medal event of the day, the 1,500m Women Division A race.

Ireen Wust of the Netherlands came in second.

The result came after an expected medal challenge from Brittany Bowe never materialized. A mistake made while turning meant the American champion skater lost momentum and managed only to achieve a seventh-place finish. Han Mei, the only Chinese representative in the race of 20 competitors, despite a spirited performance, finished 11th in 1:58.149.

ISU World Cup Speed Skating season will continue and be held in Salt Lake City of the United States from Dec.3 to Dec.5, 2021.

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