Asian skaters dominated the 500-meter races at the World Cup short-track speedskating meet yesterday in Bormio, Italy, with Ahn Hyun Soo edging Eric Bedard and Apolo Anton Ohno in the men's event.
Ahn, of South Korea, won in 41.994 seconds, followed by Canada's Bedard (42.210) and Ohno of the United States (42.362).
Ohno beat Francois-Louis Tremblay of Canada for the bronze medal. Ohno won gold in the 1,500-meter final Friday, an event he won at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
Wang Meng of China won the women's final in 44.070, ahead of Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria and Kalyna Roberge of Canada.
The event, which continues today with long-distance and relay races, will help determine qualifiers for the Turin Olympics.
* SPEEDSKATING: Americans Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick claimed the top two spots in a World Cup 1,500-meter long-track speedskating event in Calgary, Alberta.
Davis, who holds the world record in the event, finished in 1 minute 43.52 seconds, and Hedrick was the runner-up in 1:44.24. Russia's Aleksandr Kibalko finished third in 1:45.26.
* WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Hayley Wickenheiser had two goals and an assist in Canada's 7-0 victory over the United States to win a pre-Olympic test tournament in Turin, Italy, the Canadians' sixth straight defeat of their neighbors.
It was Canada's third consecutive shutout against the United States, following a 5-0 preliminary-round win Thursday and a 6-0 result last month.
"This is kind of like the reverse of '02 when we lost eight games in a row," Wickenheiser said, referring to the Americans' winning streak entering the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. Canada broke that streak by beating the United States in the gold medal match.