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KEARNS, Utah (AP)

South Korea's Lee Sang-hwa broke the world record in the women's 500 meters for the second straight day and third time in eight days, finishing in 36.36 seconds Saturday in a World Cup speedskating meet at the Utah Olympic Oval.

The 24-year-old defending Olympic champion broke her own record last Saturday in Calgary, Alberta, with a run of 36.74 and topped it again Friday in Kearns with a 36.57.

Lee declined to take to the media after the race.

Heather Richardson was second in a U.S.-record 36.90. Olga Fatkulina followed in a Russian-record 37.13.

American Shani Davis won the men's 1,000 a day after taking the 1,500.

The two-time Olympic champion finished in 1:06.02 in the 1,000.

"I know I don't have a lot of my speed yet, but doing a 24.6 lap is really good considering my condition," Davis said. "I just look to improve from this race."

The Netherlands' Kjeld Nuis followed in 1:07.02, and American Brian Hansen was third in 1:07.03.

Davis won in front of his family and friends.

"It's always such a great feeling to be able to compete against the world at your best, and do your best, on home soil," he said.

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The Netherlands' Ireen Wust won the women's 1,500 in a national-record 1:52.08. Brittany Bowe was second in a U.S.-record 1:52.4, and Richardson followed in a personal-best 1:52.55

"It felt great," Bowe said. "I couldn't be happier on the podium with my teammate, as well. That's just icing on the cake."

The Netherlands won the men's team pursuit in a world record 3:35.60. Jan Blokhuijsen, Koen Verweij and Sven Kramer broke the mark of 3:37.17 that they set last weekend in Calgary.

Davis, Hansen and teammate Jonathan Kuck finished second in 3:37.22, and South Korea's Lee Seung-hoon, Kim Cheol-min and Joo Hyong-Jun followed in 3:37.51.

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