Dutchman Ronald Mulder wins European 500-meter skate

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Dutchman Ronald Mulder wins European 500-meter skate
Dutchman Ronald Mulder wins European 500-meter skate

KOLOMNA, Russia (AP) – Ronald Mulder of the Netherlands won the 500-meter event at the European Speed Skating Championships in 34.80 seconds on Friday, 0.05 seconds ahead of the second- and third-place finishers.

Mulder, who won Olympic bronze at the distance in Sochi, nosed ahead of Finland Mika Poutala and Russia’s Pavel Kulizhnikov, who is the world record holder but has been suffering from a groin injury.

In the women’s 500-meter, Austria’s Vanessa Herzog won in 37.69 seconds. Angelina Golikova of Russia was second with 3804 and the Czech Republic’s Karolina Erbanova, last year’s overall champion, was third in 38.18.

Michel Mulder of Netherlands competes at the men’s 500m race during the European Speed Skating Championship, at the Speed Skating Centre Kolomna, Russia, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Michel Mulder of Netherlands competes at the men’s 500m race during the European Speed Skating Championship, at the Speed Skating Centre Kolomna, Russia, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Mayon Kuipers of the Netherlands competes in the women’s 500m race during the European Speed Skating Championship, at the Speed Skating Centre in Kolomna, Russia, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Roxane Dufter of Germany finishes the women’s 500m race during the European Speed Skating Championship, at the Speed Skating Centre in Kolomna, Russia, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Vanessa Herzog of Austria, centre, who finished in first place, Angelina Golikova of Russia, left, second placed, and Karolina Erbanova of Czech Republic, right, who finished third, pose with their medals after women’s 500m race during the European Speed Skating Championship, at the Speed Skating Centre Kolomna, Russia, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Henrik Fagerli Rukke of Finland competes at the men’s 500m race during the European Speed Skating Championship, at the Speed Skating Centre Kolomna, Russia, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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