Brittany Bowe sets world record in 1000m

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KEARNS, Utah — Two-time Olympian and Olympic medalist Brittany Bowe skated to a gold medal in world record time in the 1000m on Saturday at the Utah Olympic Oval during the first day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Finals.

Her time of 1:11.61 clinched the world record, adding to Bowe’s three World Cup gold medals in the distance as well as the 2019 World Single Distance Championships title last month.

The top 12 skaters in the world in each distance compete for the title. Full results are here.

“I couldn’t be more pleased,” Bowe said through U.S. Speedskating. “It’s been a great season. This is the last race of the season on home soil in front of the home crowd and 1:11.6 is remarkable. Miho [Takagi] and Nao [Kodaira] [were] the first two ladies to break 1:12 with that 1:11.7. It’s tough to follow a performance like that but it also gets you excited, so I couldn’t be more happy today.”

Bowe also raced in the 500m (1) where she finished fourth in a time of 37.168. She will race again on Sunday in the 500m (2) and the 1500m. The men’s 500m (2) and the Mass Start events are also Sunday.

Joey Mantia, 2019 Mass Start world champion, skated a personal best 1:07.348 in the men’s 1000m to finish in ninth place, good for 10th overall in World Cup points.

The Netherlands’ Kjeld Nuis set a new world record in the men’s 1000m with a time of 1:06.18. The previous record was set by Olympic medalist Shani Davis in 2009.

More world records fell at the Olympic Oval on Friday.

Japan’s Tatsuya Shinhama set a world record in the men’s 500 (1) of 33.835, only to have it broken minutes later by Russia’s Pavel Kulizhnikov in 33.616.

Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republich set a ladies’ 3000m world record in 3:52.027. Last weekend, Sablikova set two world records at the World Allround Championships in Calgary.

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Gregorio Paltrinieri swims second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history

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Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri swam the second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history, clocking 14:33.10 in his native Italy on Thursday.

Paltrinieri, 25, missed Chinese Sun Yang‘s world record from the 2012 Olympics by 2.08 seconds.

The Italian now owns the second- and third-fastest times in history, including his 14:34.10 from the 2016 European Championships, also held at the 2012 Olympic pool in London.

Paltrinieri is a versatile distance swimmer. At last year’s world championships, he finished sixth in the open-water 10km to qualify for the Olympics, then won the 800m free in the pool in a European record time and finished with 1500m bronze, just missing a third straight world title in that event.

German Florian Wellbrock won the 1500m in 14:36.54 at worlds, with Paltrinieri finishing 2.21 seconds back.

Sun, 28, was in February banned eight years stemming from destroying a drug-test sample with a hammer in September 2018. Sun, who focused more on the 200m and 400m frees in recent years, did not race the 1500m at the 2017 or 2019 Worlds.

Top-level swim meets in the U.S. are scheduled to resume in November with the Tyr Pro Series.

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Bianca Andreescu to miss U.S. Open

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Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing “unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic” compromising her ability to prepare to defend her Grand Slam title.

“I have taken this step in order to focus on my match fitness and ensure that I return ready to play at my highest level,” Andreescu, a 20-year-old Canadian, posted on social media. “The US Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there. However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”

Andreescu’s absence means the U.S. Open, the first Grand Slam tournament since tennis resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, will be without both 2019 male and female singles champions.

Rafael Nadal previously announced he would not defend his title, saying he would rather not travel given the global situation. Roger Federer is also out after knee surgery. Women’s No. 1 Ash Barty didn’t enter, either, citing travel concerns.

Last year, Andreescu made her U.S. Open title run as the 15th seed, sweeping Serena Williams in the final. Ranked 208th a year earlier, she became the first player born in the 2000s to win a Slam and the first teen Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 U.S. Open.

Andreescu then missed the Australian Open in January due to rehab from a knee injury that forced her to retire during a match at the WTA Finals on Oct. 30. She also missed the French Open and Wimbledon in 2019 following a rotator cuff tear.

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