Brittany Bowe

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

4 Comments

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

Watch Danell Leyva splash out of American Ninja Warrior

Danell Leyva
NBC
Leave a comment

Triple Olympic medalist Danell Leyva became the latest gymnast to appear on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” splashing out of the “Leaps of Faith” in the latter portion of the course in the Los Angeles City Finals that aired Monday.

Leyva’s full run can be seen at the 44-minute mark here.

Leyva, a 27-year-old who took all-around bronze at the 2012 London Games and then retired with parallel bars and high bar silver in Rio, was cheered on by 2012 Olympic teammates Jonathan Horton and John Orozco. He previously completed the course at the Los Angeles City qualifier.

Horton has tackled ANW five times, according to the broadcast. Other gymnasts to appear on the show included Olympic all-around champions Nastia Liukin and Paul Hamm and, perhaps the show’s most famous competitor, former Towson University athlete Kacy Catanzaro.

Leyva could still make the Las Vegas finals, according to the broadcast.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Japan’s gymnastics team for worlds lacks its superstars

Chinese 13-year-olds go 1-2 at diving worlds; U.S. medal drought ends

AP
Leave a comment

Reminiscent of one of its legendary divers, Chinese 13-year-olds took gold and silver in the women’s platform at the world diving championships on Wednesday. Delaney Schnell rallied for bronze, ending a 14-year U.S. medal drought.

Chen Yuxi and Lu Wei, both born in 2005, tallied 439 and 377.8 points, respectively, in Gwangju, South Korea. China is nine for nine in gold medals with four finals left this week. Schnell, who was in fifth place and 1.2 points back of third going into the last dive, ended up with 364.2.

No U.S. woman had earned an individual world platform medal since Laura Wilkinson‘s gold in 2005. Schnell, 20, was sixth at the 2016 Olympic trials and second at the 2017 World trials before placing 27th at her world debut two years ago.

Back in 1991, Chinese 12-year-old Fu Mingxia captured the world title on the platform. A year later, Fu took platform gold in Barcelona and remains the youngest Summer Olympic champion since 1960. Fu went on to win a Chinese record four individual Olympic diving titles.

Lu and Chen represent the next generation of Chinese female divers following the post-Rio retirements of their role model, Chen Ruolin, and Wu Minxia.

China is such a diving factory that it took gold and silver without the Rio Olympic platform champion, Ren Qian, who is not on this year’s world team. Ren, then 15 in Rio, became the youngest Olympic diving gold medalist since Fu.

China, two years after its least successful diving worlds since 2005, is moving closer to sweeping every gold medal at these worlds. They last accomplished the feat in 2011.

Earlier Wednesday, Chinese Xie Siyi (reigning world champion) and Cao Yuan (reigning Olympic champion) qualified first and second into Thursday’s men’s springboard final.

David Boudia, the 2012 U.S. Olympic platform champion, was a strong fourth in his first major international meet since Rio and switching to the springboard. Rio Olympian Michael Hixon also advanced in the 12th and last spot.

NBC Olympic Researcher Alex Azzi contributed to this report from Gwangju.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Diving Worlds TV Schedule