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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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Alysa Liu rallies to win Junior Grand Prix with another quadruple jump

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U.S. figure skating champion Alysa Liu landed a quadruple Lutz for a second straight Junior Grand Prix, rallying from fourth after the short program to win an event in Poland on Friday.

Liu, who in January became the youngest U.S. champion in history at age 13, won both of her starts in her first season on the Junior Grand Prix to become the first U.S. woman to qualify for the six-skater Junior Grand Prix Final since 2013 (Polina Edmunds and Karen Chen). The Final is held with the senior Grand Prix Final in Turin, Italy, in December.

She won Friday by 6.63 points by surpassing a pair of Russians, a rarity in this era. Her free skate is here.

Liu trailed by 4.03 points after doubling a planned triple loop in the short program. She was the lone skater in the field to attempt a triple Axel (landing three of them, including two in combination and one with a negative grade of execution) or a quad.

Liu tallied 138.99 points in the free skate and 203.10 overall. She ranks sixth in the world this season by best total scores among junior and senior skaters, though some top skaters have yet to compete.

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Rafaela Silva, first Brazilian gold medalist at Rio Olympics, claims innocence after positive drug test

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Rafaela Silva, the judoka who grew up in Rio’s most famously violent favela to become Brazil’s first gold medalist at the Rio Olympics, reportedly tested positive for a banned substance last month.

Silva tested positive for fenoterol, a substance that can be legal to treat asthma if an athlete has a therapeutic use exemption (TUE). Silva did not have a TUE before testing positive at the Pan American Games in August, according to Brazilian media.

A possible punishment has not been announced.

Silva claimed innocence at a news conference Friday afternoon, saying that a young child with whom she had bodily contact at her training location used the substance, and she plans to compete at a domestic event this weekend, according to O Globo.

Silva, 27, backed up her Rio Olympic 57kg title by taking bronze at the world championships later in August. If she is punished for the positive test, Silva could lose that bronze medal, though she said Friday that she had a clean drug test at worlds, according to O Globo.

Silva, from Rio’s Ciadade de Deus favela, has the Olympic rings tattooed on her right bicep with the inscription “God knows how much I’ve suffered and what I’ve done to get here.”

Brazil’s top female swimmer, Etiene Medeiros, reportedly tested positive for fenoterol in May 2016 but was cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics.

In PyeongChang, Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol and was scratched before his nation’s last game before it was announced. Jeglic was suspended from the Games and, later, was suspended eight months.

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