Brittany Bowe broke the women’s 1000m speedskating world record at the World Cup in Kearns, Utah on Sunday.
This is only one of the numerous world records smashed out of the 10 Olympic events in the past two weekends. Records have been broken in the women’s 1000m and 1500m and the men’s 500m and 10,000m. In three of these events, the record has been broken multiple times.
Skating in the same pair as Heather Richardson – who took Bowe’s 1500m record yesterday – Bowe lowered the record in the 1000m to 1:12.18. Richardson clocked 1:13.45, good enough for third overall. China’s Hong Zhang was second in a time of 1:12.77.
Last week in Calgary, Bowe broke the 1000m world record. But Richardson reset it a few minutes later; for a brief time, she matched Shani Davis in owning the men’s 1000m and 1500m world records.
“I think we feed off each other,” Richardson said yesterday through US Speedskating. “I know last weekend I fueled [Bowe’s] fire after taking the record in the 1000m.”
Earlier this weekend in Kearns, for the second consecutive week, Russian Pavel Kulizhnikov broke the men’s 500m world record in a time of 33.98 seconds.
Then Satuday, Dutch-born Canadian Ted-Jan Bloeman bested the Sven Kramer’s 2007 world record in the men’s 10,000m on Saturday, clocking 12:36.30. It was the oldest Olympic event world record in the books.
These records have been broken in the world’s fastest venues at Calgary and Kearns. But, as both of those venues have already hosted their respective World Cups, there are no more records expected to be set the rest of the season.