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Brittany Bowe, Heather Richardson-Bergsma upset at World Championships

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Brittany Bowe and Heather Richardson-Bergsma are the two fastest women’s speed skaters in the 1000m all time, but the Netherlands’ Jorien ter Mors was faster on Friday.

Shani Davis, a two-time Olympic 1000m champion, also finished fifth in the 1500m, behind Russian winner Denis Yuskov.

Ter Mors, the Olympic 1500m champion, upset the Americans in the shorter event at the World Single Distance Championships in Kolomna, Russia.

Ter Mors clocked 1:14.73 in an early pair and then nervously watched, her hands gripping her face, as Richardson-Bergsma and Bowe skated in the final two pairs.

Richardson-Bergsma, the world-record holder for eight days until Bowe snatched it Nov. 22, crossed the finish line in 1:14.94 in the penultimate pair.

Then came Bowe, winner of four of the last five World Cup 1000m races. The former Florida Atlantic University basketball player clocked 1:15.01.

Richardson-Bergsma and Bowe earned silver and bronze, respectively. In 2015, Bowe took gold and Richardson-Bergsma silver.

Full results are here.

Bowe and Richardson-Bergsma, who combined to sweep the 500m, 1000m and 1500m World titles last year, could share the podium again in the 500m on Saturday and the 1500m on Sunday.

Bowe and Richardson-Bergsma were part of a disappointing, medal-less U.S. speed skating showing at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The best individual finish between the two was seventh in Sochi.

They’ve dominated since. In the 1000m alone, the Americans combined to win 10 of the last 11 World Cup races.

On the first day of Worlds on Thursday, the Netherlands’ Sven Kramer took the 10,000m and the Czech Republic’s Martina Sablikova captured the 3000m.

Kramer, 29, earned his 16th career World Single Distance Championships title, doubling the number of the No. 2 man all time, Davis. All 17 World champions in the 10,000m have been Dutch.

Sablikova, who reportedly qualified for the Rio Olympics in road cycling, earned her 11th career World Single Distance Championships title. She’s one behind retired German Anni Friesinger-Postma for the women’s record.

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Czech Martina Sablikova wins gold in women’s 5000m, only slightly limits Dutch dominance

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The Dutch speed skating dominance continued for the most part with the women’s 5000m … except when it came to the gold. That went to the Czech Republic’s Martina Sablikova, who won her second medal in Sochi and fifth overall with a time of 6:51.54 on Wednesday.

If that medal count didn’t solidify the notion that this wasn’t exactly an upset, consider the fact that Sablikova now has two consecutive gold medals in the women’s 5000m. Here’s her medal haul as of this writing:

2014

5000m gold; 3000m silver

2010

5000m gold, 3000m gold and 1500m bronze.

The 26-year-old debuted in 2006 but couldn’t finish better than fourth in any event.

The Dutch shouldn’t be too upset, however. Ireen Wuest’s silver and Carien Kleibeuker’s bronze give the Netherlands an astounding 21 medals in speed skating, with the possibility of more coming on Wednesday.

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WATCH LIVE: Women’s speed skating 5000m

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Women’s speed skating 5000m is about to start at 8:30 a.m. ET. You can grab the live stream link here:

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Women’s 5000m: 8:30 a.m. ET – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Two very strong favorites stand out from the pack in this event. Martina Sablikova (Czech Republic) is the most recent gold medal-winner while Germany’s Claudia Pechstein carries three golds into this event and remains a threat despite missing out on 2010.

The Netherlands’ Ireen Wuest cannot be ignored, either. You may have heard that things are going well for the Dutch in these events.