Shani Davis wins again as more world records fall in Salt Lake City (video)

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There were fast times and familiar faces on the World Cup podium on the notoriously speedy ice at the Utah Olympic Oval on Saturday.

Shani Davis won the 1000m in 1 minute, 6.88 seconds, the second fastest time in the world since Davis broke the world record four years ago.

It was his second gold medal of the weekend, the first coming Friday in the 1500m. Davis is a two-time Olympic champion in the 1000m and can become the first U.S. man to win three gold medals in one individual Winter Olympic event in Sochi. (So could Shaun White and Seth Wescott.)

“It’s nice to be in the money in the mix with everything and improving each weekend,” Davis told the Dutch outlet NOS.nl in a video interview. “It’s nice to know where I’m at now, so I know where I need to go later.

“That’s all I try to do is try to get better than what I was last year, and it looks like I’m a lot better than that now.”

Countryman Brian Hansen, 23, also added a second individual medal in Salt Lake City on Saturday. He finished third in the 1000m in 1:07.03, taking .61 of a second off his personal best and adding to his second-place finish in the 1500m on Friday.

“I’ve seen Brian Hansen since he was developing when he was young,” Davis said in the Dutch TV interview. “He’s hungry, and he’s ambitious. The sky’s the limit for that guy.”

Davis and Hansen won their third medals of the weekend in the final skate Saturday in the team pursuit. The U.S. took second in 3:37.22, the first time Davis raced a World Cup team pursuit since March 2012.

The Netherlands won the team pursuit in 3:35.60, destroying their week-old world record of 3:37.17.

The second women’s 500m of the weekend featured plenty of excitement and a world record, too.

South Korea’s Lee Sang-Hwa broke her own world record for the third straight race, clocking 36.36. She went 36.57 on Friday.

Heather Richardson finished second, breaking her American record (36.90) and improving on her third place in the first 500m on Friday.

The other top American, Brittany Bowe, finished eighth (37.36) in Saturday’s 500m, but both had plenty of skating left for the 1500m, where Bowe finished second and Richardson third.

Bowe set a national record with a 1:52.45, her first career World Cup medal in the distance. Richardson topped her personal best with 1:52.55.

The Netherlands’ Ireen Wuest, who is the reigning Olympic champion in the 1500m, won in 1:52.08, the fastest time since 2005, when Canada’s Cindy Klassen clocked 1:51.79.

Races conclude Sunday.

Salt Lake City World Cup — Day 2

Women’s 500m — Race 2
1. Lee Sang-Hwa (KOR) 36.36 WR
2. Heather Richardson (USA) 36.90
3. Olga Fatkulina (RUS) 37.13
9. Brittany Bowe (USA) 37.36
13. Lauren Cholewinski (USA) 37.62
21. Elli Ochowicz (USA) 38.52

Men’s 1000m
1. Shani Davis (USA) 1:06.88
2. Kjeld Nuis (NED) 1:07.02
3. Brian Hansen (USA) 1:07.03
6. Mitchell Whitmore (USA) 1:07.52
17. Trevor Marsicano (USA) DQ

Women’s 1500m
1. Ireen Wuest (NED) 1:52.08
2. Brittany Bowe (USA) 1:52.45
3. Heather Richardson (USA) 1:52.55

Men’s Team Pursuit
1. Netherlands 3:35.60 WR
2. USA 3:37.22
3. South Korea 3:37.51

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Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge broke his own world record in winning the Berlin Marathon, clocking 2:01:09 to lower the previous record time of 2:01:39 he set in the German capital in 2018.

Kipchoge, 37 and a two-time Olympic champion, earned his 15th win in 17 career marathons to bolster his claim as the greatest runner in history over 26.2 miles.

His pacing was not ideal. Kipchoge slowed in the final miles, running 61:18 for the second half after going out in an unprecedented 59:51 for the first 13.1 miles. He still won by 4:49 over Kenyan Mark Korir.

“I was planning to go through it [the halfway mark] 60:50, 60:40,” Kipchoge said. “My legs were running actually very fast. I thought, let me just try to run two hours flat, but all in all, I am happy with the performance.

“We went too fast [in the first half]. It takes energy from the muscles. … There’s still more in my legs [to possibly lower the record again].”

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Ethiopian Tigist Assefa won the women’s race in 2:15:37, the third-fastest time in history for somebody who ran one prior marathon in 2:34:01. Only Brigid Kosgei (2:14:14 in Chicago in 2019) and Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25 in London in 2003) have gone faster.

American record holder Keira D’Amato, who entered as the top seed, was sixth in 2:21:48. D’Amato, who went nearly a decade between competitive races after college, owns the American record of 2:19:12 and now also the 10th-best time in U.S. history.

“Today wasn’t my best day ever, but it was the best I could do today,” she said in a text message, according to Race Results Weekly, adding that she briefly stopped and walked late in the race.

The last eight instances the men’s marathon world record has been broken, it has come on the pancake-flat roads of Berlin. It began in 2003, when Kenyan Paul Tergat became the first man to break 2:05.

The world record was 2:02:57 — set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 — until Kipchoge broke it for the first time four years ago.

The following year, Kipchoge became the first person to cover 26.2 miles in under two hours, clocking 1:59:40 in a non-record-eligible showcase rather than a race.

Kipchoge’s focus going forward is trying to become the first runner to win three Olympic marathon titles in Paris in 2024. He also wants to win all six annual World Marathon Majors. He’s checked off four of them, only missing Boston (run in April) and New York City (run every November).

Kipchoge grew up on a farm in Kapsabet in Kenya’s Rift Valley, often hauling by bike several gallons of the family’s milk to sell at the local market. Raised by a nursery school teacher, he ran more than three miles to and from school. He saved for five months to get his first pair of running shoes.

At 18, he upset legends Hicham El Guerrouj and Kenenisa Bekele to win the 2003 World 5000m title on the track. He won Olympic 5000m medals (bronze in 2004 and silver in 2008), then moved to the marathon after failing to make the 2012 Olympic team on the track.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France 74, Mali 59 Group B
4 a.m. Australia 69, Serbia 54 Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada 70, Japan 56 Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final