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Mantia takes over Ning's World Cup lead in men's 1,500m with victory in Calgary******
OTTAWA, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Joey Mantia of the United States won back-to-back gold in the men's 1,500m at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup series in Calgary, Canada on Saturday.。
Mantia clocked one minute and 41.86 seconds for the win, 0.56 seconds ahead of Canadian Connor Howe, who had a personal best of 1:42.425. Allan Dahl Johansson of Norway took a bronze in 1:43.275.。
Together with victory on home ice in Salt Lake City last weekend, the 35-year-old American pushed China's Ning Zhongyan to second on the World Cup standings.。
Previous leader Ning skipped the race to help China secure a mass start slot to Beijing 2022, and fulfilled his mission with a second finish in the semifinal and a 14th place finish in the final.。
The mass start gold went to Bart Hoolwerf, who also carried with him the pressure to earn a Beijing 2022 ticket for Team Netherlands. The Dutch, only 24th on the World Cup rankings prior to Saturday's competition, had enough time to celebrate his surprisingly victory before crossing the line way ahead of the pack in 7:38.880.。
World bronze medalist Bart Swings of Belgium took the silver and Felix Rijhnen of Germany completed the podium, edging Andrea Giovannini to fourth by just 0.01 second.。
Elsewhere on Saturday, the Canadian ladies had their third World Cup victory in team pursuit in as many competitions with a track record time of 2:52.06. Japan and China claimed silver and bronze respectively.。
World bronze medalist Angelina Golikova of Russia won her first World Cup gold in the women's 500m, clocking 36.669. Nao Kodaira of Japan was 0.09 seconds behind and World Cup leader Erin Jackson of the United States came third in 36.921.。
China's Tian Ruining wrapped up her World Cup journey with a sixth place finish in 37.100, and she said she was generally satisfied with her stable performance in four stops and tried to find problems and adjust.。
Pairing with Kodaira on Saturday, the 24-year-old took it as a chance to learn from the Olympic champion.。
"It's a great chance to learn from Kodaira. Her skills and pacing, as well as handling of details, these are not what you can tell from trainings," she told Xinhua. "Although I made some mistakes today, these will be valuable experience for me and will help with my final preparation [for the Winter Olympics]."
Tian finished 20th in PyeongChang three years ago and she was looking forward to competing on home ice.。
"I hope I can be the best version of myself and achieve better results," she said.。
Also on Saturday, Kodaira finally grabbed her long-awaited World Cup victory in the women's 1,000m race, clocking 1:12.510. The 35-year-old edged out world record holder Brittany Bowe of the U.S. by 0.03 seconds and Olga Fatkulina of Russia bagged a bronze in 1:13.151.。
The 2021-22 season World Cup series will conclude on Sunday, and then the quotas for the 2022 Olympics will be provisionally allocated to National Olympic Committees. Enditem。
Chinese mainland Olympians wrap up HK visit******
HONG KONG, China, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- A delegation of Chinese mainland Olympians concluded their three-day visit to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Sunday, a journey hailed by residents and media as a new boost to local sports fever.。
The delegation comprised 29 athletes and three coaches from 12 sporting events. Members included sprint icon Su Bingtian, table tennis Grand Slam winner Ma Long, and Sun Yiwen, who won China's first Olympic gold medal in women's individual epee fencing.。
The Olympians on Saturday attended public events including sports demonstrations and a variety show at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. On Sunday, they visited the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Sports Institute, and Yuen Long District Sports Association to share their experiences and insights.。
Hong Kong newspaper Ta Kung Pao, one of the region's oldest Chinese-language newspapers, noted in a commentary that since 2000, delegations of Chinese mainland Olympians have visited Hong Kong after the Olympics as a "special rendezvous" with Hong Kong people.。
The Olympic athletes' visit to Hong Kong has created a new sensation in sports, reflecting that Hong Kong needs the fighting spirit of perseverance and never giving up to overcome difficulties, said the newspaper.。
For some young people, the Olympic spirit represents good medicine to cure the indolence of "lying flat", encouraging them to strive for improvement and live up to their youthfulness, said the commentary.。
The Olympians received rapturous applause during their displays of athletic skill to packed crowds, with several of their quotes going viral.。
Ma Long told fans "you are stronger than you think." Su Bingtian, who set a new Asian men's 100 meters record at the age of 32, had a simple but powerful message. "I think I can create more miracles in terms of age." Two-time Olympic weightlifting champion Lyu Xiaojun made a rallying call: "We want to achieve the goal of building China into a leading sports nation by 2035. Boys and girls, strive for the motherland!"
Hong Kong's Wen Wei Po said in an opinion piece that every visit of the mainland Olympian delegation has been warmly received by all sectors of the Hong Kong community.。
"This time, after the announcement of the delegation's visit to Hong Kong, the tickets of related activities were almost sold out within three hours," said the newspaper. "The popularity not only shows the charm of Olympic athletes and competitive sports, but also conveys the love and support of Hong Kong people to the mainland Olympic athletes, as they want to share the joy and glory of making a name in the international arena as Chinese."
The visit forms part of a series entitled "The Spirit of the Times Shines upon Hong Kong" organized by the HKSAR government, China's State General Administration of Sport, and the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, with the aim of further enhancing exchanges between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.。
Yang Ning, deputy director of China's State General Administration of Sport and head of the delegation, said, "We look forward to more sporting exchanges between the mainland and Hong Kong in the future."
Noting that the 15th National Games will take place across Guangdong Province, HKSAR and Macao SAR in 2025, she said Hong Kong will have its say in determining the events of the Games, which is China's premier national-level sporting competition.。
"I believe that the next National Games will be a new starting point and an opportunity. Co-hosting the Games can make more sports popular among the public," Yang said. Enditem。