Martina Sáblíková of the Czech Republic clinched her 13th World Cup title on day one of the ISU Speed Skating World Cup finals in Heerenveen in The Netherlands.
Sáblíková could only finish fourth in the women's 3000 metres in a time of 4min 02.134 sec, but her score of 86 points was enough for her to take the overall title in the discipline.
The final 3000m race was won by Isabelle Weidemann of Canada in 3:59.759 accruing her 120 points, but as Sáblíková had a 38 point advantage heading into the final race, she was able to finish four points ahead of Weidemann in the overall standings.
Fellow Canadian Ivanie Blondin finished third overall on 314 points, finishing sixth on the day to score 76 points and finish three points ahead of Russia's Natalia Voronina in the overall standings.
Voronina finished third in the final race but it was not enough for her to get in the top three in the overall World Cup standings.
In the men's 5000m, Patrick Roest of The Netherlands won the final race in a time of 6:11.152, securing the maximum 120 points and giving him an overall tally in the World Cup series of 360 points.
At second place in the overall standings is Danila Semerikov of Russia on 323 points, after he placed fourth in the final race, while in third overall is Graeme Fish of Canada on 306 points who placed second in the final race, 1.67 seconds behind Roest.
The ladies 1000m title was also decided today and went to Brittany Bowe of the United States, who finished second in the final race in a time of 1:13.981.
Bowe scored 108 points to take her final tally to 326, 70 ahead of Nao Kodaira of Japan, who placed seventh in the final race to finish second in the overall standings with a total score of 256 points.
Third place overall went to Olga Fatkulina of Russia on 242 points, after she finished in sixth on the day.
The final race in this discipline was won by Jutta Leerdam of The Netherlands in a time of 1:13.699, beating overall winner Bowe by 0.28 seconds.
Victory was not enough to get Leerdam into the overall top three as she finished fourth, nine points behind Fatkulina.
The overall men's 1000m title was contested by two skaters from The Netherlands, with Kai Verbij two points ahead of Thomas Krol going into the final race.
Krol won the race in a time of 1:07.858 to score the maximum 120 points and take the overall title with 294 points.
Verbij finished in third on the day in 1:08.132, 0.27 seconds behind Krol, scoring 96 points and placing second overall with 272 points, 22 behind his compatriot.
Splitting the Dutch skaters in the day's race was Laurent Dubreuil of Canada in 1:08.118, a result that placed him third in the overall standings on 251 points.
The first of two days of action at the Thialf Stadium also saw the penultimate races in the men's and ladies 500m disciplines.
In the ladies event the race winner was Vanessa Herzog of Austria in 37.319 sec, ahead of Fatkulina of Russia in 37.340 and Kodaira in 37.392.
Kodaira's third place gave her 96 points and put her on a total score of 420 meaning she leads the overall standings by 32 points ahead of Fatkulina in second on 388.
She is only four points behind fellow Russian Angelina Golikova, who could only finish fifth in today's race.
Meanwhile, in the men's 500m, Tatsuya Shinhama of Japan won the day's race on 34.317 ahead of Laurent Dubreuil of Canada on 34.416 and South Korea's Kim Jun-ho on 34.418.
Shinhama's victory in the penultimate race of the discipline gave him a maximum points haul of 120 and puts him on 363, 14 ahead of Russia's Viktor Mushtakov who placed 10th in today's race.
Third in the overall standings is Kim on 332 points, who is only two ahead of Russia's Ruslan Murashov, who placed fifth in today's race.
As well as the conclusion of the 500m disciplines, the other finals on the last day of competition will be the men's and ladies 1500m and mass start events.