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Monday, March 14, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Winter Sports

Roundup: Ohno wins 2 finals

BEIJING — Speedskater Apolo Ohno of Seattle won two finals yesterday at the short-track world championships.

Ohno triumphed in the finals of the 1,000 and 3,000 meters. The 22-year-old also was part of the United States' 5,000 relay team that finished third in a race where Canada set a world record of 6 minutes, 39.990 seconds.

Ohno finished second in the overall standings to Ahn Hyun-soo of South Korea.

Ahn earned 89 points at the three-day event. Ohno was second with 68 points. Ohno won his seventh U.S. overall title last month in Milwaukee.

Ahn settled for second behind Ohno in the 1,000 and 3,000. Ohno won the 1,000 in 1:30.066. He took the 3,000 in 5:13.719.

Jin Sun-yu of South Korea won the women's overall title and the 1,500 final.

South Korea's Choi Eun-kyung, last year's overall winner, was the overall runner-up this year.

Swedish skier Paerson takes women's title

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland — Sweden's Anja Paerson held off Croatia's Janica Kostelic to win the overall World Cup title in a competition that came down to the final skier in the final race of the season.

"Janica and I were both standing there in the finish and we weren't sure who was going to win," Paerson said.

Finland's Tanja Poutiainen, who already had clinched the slalom championship, captured the giant-slalom title.

Spain's Marie Jose Rienda Contreras, the last skier of the day, won the final giant slalom in 2 minutes, 20.18 seconds.

Paerson won the championship by three points (1,359 to 1,356) after entering yesterday's race with a 35-point lead over Kostelic in the overall standings. Kostelic was eighth and Paerson 17th.

Kostelic could have secured the title by finishing seventh or higher as long Paerson fell out of the top 15. With one skier left, Kostelic was seventh and Paerson was already out of the top 15. But Rienda Contreras delivered a sizzling final run to win the race and give Paerson the overall title by bumping Kostelic to eighth.

On Saturday, Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., clinched the men's overall title. He is the first American to win a World Cup overall championship since 1983, when Phil Mahre of Yakima led the men and Tamara McKinney captured the women's title.

Austria's Mario Matt won the final World Cup slalom, his first victory since November 2001. Matt's two-run time was 1:22.81. Miller finished sixth.

Notes

Hannu Manninen of Finland edged Magnus Moan of Norway by 1.3 seconds to win a World Cup nordic-combined season finale in Oslo, Norway. Manninen finished the 7.5-kilometer cross-country ski race in 18 minutes, 4.3 seconds.

Matti Hautamaki of Finland won his fifth straight World Cup ski-jump competition, finishing nearly 10 points ahead of runner-up Bjorn Einar Romoren in Oslo.

• Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won the 15-kilometer mass start at the biathlon world championships in Hochfilzen, Austria. Gro Istad-Kristiansen of Norway took the women's 12.5-kilometer event.

• Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko finds the latest of his nagging injuries threatening his chance for a world title this week in Moscow. Hours before today's qualifying rounds, the three-time world champion reportedly was undecided whether to compete.

Plushenko routinely tells of pains in his back and knee. Lately, a groin injury reportedly has resurfaced and made him miss practice and conditioning time.

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