Kato Wins Second World Cup Title

Kato wins second world cup titleJapanese Joji Kato has won his second World Cup speed skating gold medal with 500 metres victory in Berlin.

Kato just passed Jan Smeekens from Netherlands by 0.01 seconds. Germany’s Jenny Wolf has won the women's sprint for her 53rd career World Cup victory.


Lee Seung-hoon from South Korea won the men's 5000, while Christine Nesbitt of Canada clinched her second win in two races in the 1500 metres.

Joji Kato at the age of 17 became the first junior speedskater to skate the 500 metres below 35 seconds.

At the age of 20, he became the 500 metres World Champion at the 2005 World Single Distance Championships, leaving behind no less skaters then Hiroyasu Shimizu and Jeremy Wotherspoon. After this achievement he was considered to be one of the favourites of achieving a medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

He represented Japan at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and he won bronze at Men's 500 metres.