Sablikova wins 5,000 race at European champs



BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won the women’s 5,000 meters Sunday to defend her all-around title at the European speedskating championships.

Sablikova finished in 7 minutes, 22.38 seconds to beat five-time Olympic champion Claudia Pechstein of Germany by more than 12 seconds. Ireen Wust of the Netherlands was third.

Pechstein and Wust were also second and third, respectively, in the overall standings.

It was Sablikova’s fourth all-around European crown. She is also a two-time Olympic champion and the world record-holder in the 5,000 and 10,000.

Sven Kramer of the Netherlands won the men’s 1,500 in 1:53.98, ahead of Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway. Dutch skater Jan Blokhuijsen was third to lead the overall standings.

The final men’s event is the 10,000.