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Brittany Bowe breaks world record at Salt Lake City (video)

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American speed skater Brittany Bowe broke the world record in the 1000m on the final day of the Salt Lake City World Cup.

Bowe, 25, clocked 1 minute, 12.58 seconds, beating Canadian Christine Nesbitt’s 1:12.68 from January 2012.

“I daydream about it,” said Bowe, according to The Associated Press. “I’ve dreamed in my sleep about it. When it becomes a reality and finally hits you, it’s a dream come true. … I knew if I could just hang on, it would be a really fast time.”

Bowe became the first U.S. woman to hold a world record in an Olympic speed skating event since Chris Witty had her 1000m mark broken in 2006. She’s a former inline skater and college basketball player who switched to ice after watching the 2010 Olympics.

The other top U.S. woman, Heather Richardson, finished second in 1:12.61, the second fastest time in history. It was Richardson’s fourth medal of the weekend.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Ireen Wuest of the Netherlands finished third in 1:13.33.

Bowe and Richardson finished the day on a strong note, taking bronze for the U.S. in the women’s team pursuit in 2:57.09. The Netherlands won in 2:56:02, coming .23 shy of Canada’s world record from 2009.

The Netherlands’ impressive day peaked with an entirely Dutch podium in the men’s 5000m. Olympic gold medalist Sven Kramer won in 6:04.59, followed by Bob de Jong and Jorrit Bergsma.

Japan’s Keiichiro Nagashima, an Olympic silver medalist, won the second men’s 500m race in 34.24, ahead of the Netherlands’s Ronald Mulder and South Korea’s Mo Tae-Bum.

The next stop on the World Cup circuit is in Astana, Kazakhstan in two weeks.

Salt Lake City World Cup — Sunday

Men’s 500m — Race 2
1. Keiichiro  Nagashima (JPN) 34.24
2. Ronald Mulder (NED) 34.25
3. Mo Tae-Bum (KOR) 34.28
7. Mitchell Whitmore (USA) 34.52
18. Tucker Fredricks (USA) 34.73

Women’s 1000m
1. Brittany Bowe (USA) 1:12.58
2. Heather Richardson (USA) 1:12.61
3. Ireen Weust (NED) 1:13.33

Men’s 5000m
1. Sven Kramer (NED) 6:04.59
2. Bob de Jong (NED) 6:07.43
3. Jorrit Bergsma (NED) 6:08.13
5. Jonathan Kuck (USA) 6:09.73
16. Brian Hansen (USA) 6:17.84

Women’s Team Pursuit
1. Netherlands 2:56.02
2. Canada 2:56.90
3. U.S. 2:57.09

World Alpine Skiing Championships on for 2021 after request to delay rejected

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GENEVA (AP) — A request by the organizers of next year’s skiing world championships in Italy to postpone the event by one year was rejected Thursday by the International Ski Federation.

FIS ruled that the event will go ahead from Feb. 9-21, 2021, in Cortina d’Ampezzo — the highlight of an Alpine season that faces challenges to find safe protocols for international travel and attending races in Europe, North America and China.

The Veneto region of northern Italy was hit hard by the coronavirus and the season-ending World Cup races in Cortina in mid-March were canceled. That week-long event was to be a test for the 2021 worlds.

“The last month of efforts to come to this solution demonstrates the strong collaborative spirit of the ski family and stakeholders.” FIS president Gian-Franco Kasper said.

Organizers in Italy have said they expect losses of about 30 million euros ($34 million) if the worlds are also canceled. They asked for a postponement to March 2022, which would be only weeks after the Beijing Olympics.

“But we will be ready in any case and we will show that these world championships can change the history of a region despite the current difficulties,” Alessandro Benetton, president of the Cortina organizing committee, said in a statement.

Italian racer Sofia Goggia, the 2018 Olympic downhill champion, said she was “happy for Cortina because it will host the first major international event after the coronavirus epidemic.”

Cortina, which hosted the 1956 Olympics, will co-host the 2026 Winter Games with Milan and use the worlds as a showcase for the resort.

The women’s World Cup downhill on the Olympia delle Tofane course each January is one of the most scenic in the sport with a signature jump between tall outcrops of jagged rock.

The Dolomites venue was awarded the 2021 worlds by FIS after missing out as a candidate four straight times from 2013-19.

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Russia track and field athlete clearance frozen due to unpaid fine

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MONACO (AP) — The program allowing Russian track athletes to compete internationally will be frozen because the country’s federation failed to pay a fine on time, World Athletics said Thursday.

The Russian track federation, known as RusAF, owes a $5 million fine and another $1.31 million in costs for various doping-related work and legal wrangles. World Athletics said RusAF missed Wednesday’s deadline to pay.

World Athletics said it would freeze the work of the Doping Review Board, which vets Russian athletes who want the “authorized neutral athlete” status that allows them to compete internationally, and its taskforce monitoring RusAF’s anti-doping reforms.

World Athletics said both bodies will be “put on hold” until its council meets to discuss the situation at the end of July.

“RusAF is letting its athletes down badly,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said in a statement. “We have done as much as we can to expedite our ANA process and support RusAF with its reinstatement plan, but seemingly to no avail.”

RusAF president Yevgeny Yurchenko earlier told the Tass state news agency that his federation’s finances were damaged by the coronavirus pandemic and that it had asked for more time to pay.

World Athletics’ statement didn’t directly address that issue, but said Russia hadn’t indicated when it would pay.

Russia was fined $10 million by World Athletics in March, with $5 million suspended for two years, after the federation admitted to breaking anti-doping rules and obstructing an investigation.

The Athletics Integrity Unit said fake documents were used under the previous management to give an athlete an alibi for missing a doping test.

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