Silver finish for Kuck

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands – Champaign's Jonathan Kuck won the silver medal Sunday at the World Allround Speedskating Championships.

Kuck, the overnight leader, settled for second place after finishing fourth in the 10,000 meters. Sven Kramer of the Netherlands won the race to successfully defend his title. Havard Bokko of Norway was second in Sunday's race to finish third overall.

Kuck, a University of Illinois student, recorded a personal-best time in the event (13 minutes, 15.62 seconds).

Kramer won the race in 12:57.97 to become the first speedskater to earn four straight allround titles.

Retired skaters Rintje Ritsma and Ivar Ballangrud also had four titles each but not successively.

Kramer's last high-profile 10,000 didn't go as well. The Dutchman was cruising to an apparent gold and Olympic-record time in the 10,000 in Vancouver but was disqualified after his coach sent him into the wrong lane.

Martina Sablikova also defended her women's 5,000 title, finishing in 6:50.98 to top the standings.

Canada's Kristina Groves took the silver behind Sablikova after winning the 1,500 in 1:56.64.

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