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Speed skating: Kodaira wins 9th national 500 meters title

Japan’s Pyeongchang Olympic gold medalist Nao Kodaira won her ninth national single distance championships title in the women’s 500 meters on Friday.

Kodaira crossed the line in 37.30 seconds at M-Wave ice arena in Nagano for her fourth straight 500 victory at the annual meet. Miho Takagi, who won three medals at Pyeongchang, was runner-up 0.68 second behind.

The 32-year-old Kodaira, who opened her season earlier this month, extended her winning streak in the 500 to 29 straight races.

Last season, she beat world-record holder Lee Sang Hwa of South Korea to win the 500-meter gold at February’s Pyeongchang Games.

All — Kyodo News+

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