Sablikova beats Wust to European speedskating title

BY foxsports • January 10, 2016

MINSK, Belarus (AP) Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won her fifth European speedskating championship Sunday, ending a three-year win streak for her Dutch rival Ireen Wust.

Sablikova was fastest in three of the four events that comprise the all-around competition for an overall score of 161.455 points, enough to beat Wust by 1.74 points.

It is Sablikova's first European all-around title since 2012. She becomes the fourth woman, and first non-German, to amass five career wins.

Bronze went to another Dutch skater, Antoinette de Jong, who was 2.59 points behind Sablikova.

It is the last edition of the championships to use the all-around format. From next year, titles will be awarded for each individual event.

The men's event concludes later Sunday.

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