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Brittany Bowe, Heather Richardson trade 1000m world records

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Brittany Bowe rebroke her 1000m world record on Saturday. Heather Richardson took it away about three minutes later.

The U.S. Olympic teammates went one-two in the season-opening World Cup on blazing-fast ice in Calgary.

Bowe, the reigning World Sprint champion, began the day holding the world record of 1:12.58 in the distance, set on Nov. 17, 2013, in Salt Lake City, an oval also known for quick times.

Bowe raced just under it in Calgary, in 1:12.54.

Richardson, the World 500m champion, followed in the next pair and knocked Bowe out of the record books in 1:12.51. It’s Richardson’s first single-distance world record.

“Yesterday, I was a little disappointed with my speed,” Richardson, who was fourth in the 500m on Friday, told Dutch broadcaster NOS. “I kept my cool today and was able to pull it off.”

Here’s video of Bowe and Richardson from NOS.

For perspective, take Dan Jansen‘s emotional 1000m victory at the Lillehammer 1994 Olympics. That came in 1:12.43, before the clap-skate era.

Bowe and Richardson, who were part of U.S. speed skating’s zero-medal effort at Sochi 2014, went one-two in both 500m and both 1000m races at the World Sprint Championships last season. They split one-two finishes in the 500m and the 1000m at the World Single Distance Championships as well.

In other events in Calgary, two-time reigning Olympic champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea took the 500m on Friday. Czech distance queen Martina Sablikova earned the 3000m title.

On the men’s side, Shani Davis was fifth in the 1000m on Saturday, while the Netherlands’ Sven Kramer beat out countryman Jorrit Bergsma (Richardson’s husband) in the 5000m on Friday.

Full results are here.

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USOPC seeks to revoke USA Badminton’s status

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U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland filed a complaint to revoke USA Badminton’s status as the national governing body for the sport, a year after a USOPC audit found the organization lacked athlete safety requirements.

USA Badminton “failed to meet its responsibilities as an NGB and consistently failed to meet its obligations to its members and to U.S. athletes,” according to the USOPC. “Further, USAB has failed to conduct itself in a manner that demonstrates it can fulfill those responsibilities.”

Asked for reaction, USA Badminton interim CEO Linda French said, “I’m very disappointed in the USOPC and the conduct of their staff.”

USA Badminton recently had mass resignations among its board and top officials amid governance issues and the USOPC threatening decertification. A 2018 USOPC audit found four “high risk” areas in USA Badminton’s athlete safety and SafeSport compliance that, by March, had not been fully resolved.

“We have attempted to work with USAB’s leadership over the course of the last year to address our concerns, however those efforts have not yielded the results necessary to give me confidence in USAB’s ability to continue to serve its athletes as an NGB,” Hirshland wrote. “We remain committed to working with USAB’s leadership to address our concerns but have so far not found a willing partner.”

The next step is for Hirshland to appoint an independent panel to hear the complaint. There is no specific timeline for a resolution, though Hirshland said it will take a minimum of several weeks.

If USA Badminton’s status is revoked, the USOPC would assume control on an interim basis.

Last November, the USOPC filed the same complaint against USA Gymnastics, seeking to revoke its status after the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse crimes came to light followed by several leadership changes.

USA Gymnastics since filed for bankruptcy and named former college gymnast and NBA executive Li Li Leung its new CEO in February. It remains the sport’s NGB with eight months until the Tokyo Olympics.

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Sun Yang should get lengthy ban if he loses doping hearing, WADA says

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency wants China’s star swimmer Sun Yang banned for up to eight years for alleged doping rules violations.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday ahead of a rare appeal hearing in open court on Friday that WADA requests a ban of two to eight years. Sun served a three-month ban in 2014 for a positive test.

If WADA wins, the three-time Olympic freestyle champion will miss the Tokyo Games.

WADA has challenged world swimming body FINA’s ruling to merely warn Sun after a disputed attempt by sample collectors to take blood and urine from him at his home in China in September 2018. The late-night confrontation lasted from 11 p.m. to beyond 3:30 a.m.

The day-long hearing will examine why a secure box storing a glass vial of blood came to be destroyed by Sun’s entourage, who questioned the sample team’s authority. A FINA tribunal panel agreed the officials lacked proper credentials to make the sample collection valid.

WADA believes Sun broke anti-doping rules by refusing to submit to a sample collection.

All sides agreed to Sun’s request to hold a first CAS appeal in public for 20 years.

A verdict is unlikely until early next year.

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