U.S. Olympian Brittany Bowe swept all four races to easily capture the World Sprint Speed Skating Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan over the weekend.
Bowe, 27, finished first in 500m and 1000m races on Saturday and again in 500m and 1000m races Sunday. Teammate Heather Richardson was second in all four races.
“I didn’t really think about it race by race,” Bowe told Dutch outlet NOS. “A bit surprised with the 500s, but each 500 I’ve skated this year I’ve gotten better and better.”
The entries did not include the 2014 World Sprint Championships gold and silver medalists, Yu Jing and Zhang Hong of China, or 2010 World Sprint champion and 500m world record holder Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea.
Richardson won the 2013 World Sprint Championship.
Bowe capped a fantastic season. The former Florida Atlantic basketball player also won World Single Distance Championships in the 1000m and 1500m, with a silver behind Richardson in the 500m in the Netherlands in February.
Bowe’s best finish at her Olympic debut in Sochi was eighth. The 2014 U.S. Olympic long-track speed skating team had a top individual finish of seventh, failing to win a medal for the first time since 1984.
Russia’s Pavel Kulizhnikov took the men’s sprint title in Astana. U.S. four-time Olympic medalist Shani Davis withdrew after three of four races.