Brittany Bowe sets 1500m world record, gets broken minutes later

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KEARNS, Utah — Brittany Bowset her second world record in as many days on Sunday at the Utah Olympic Oval during the first day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Finals. The top 12 skaters in the world in each distance compete for the title. Full results are here.

The two-time Olympian and Olympic medalist broke the 1500m world record with a time of 1:50.327. However, it didn’t last long, as Japanese skater Miho Takagi skated 1:49.839 just minutes later for a new world record and the gold medal. Bowe secured the silver medal and the Overall World Cup title in the 1500m.

On Saturday, Bowe set the world record in the 1000m.

Bowe also skated in the 500m (2) on Sunday, where she finished sixth with a time of 37.126 to end the season fifth overall in the standings.

“I was happy and optimistic, but I didn’t think [the world record] would hold,” Bowe said through U.S. Speedskating. “I’m really pleased with myself and the other ladies. They’ve done an incredible job this year and raised the bar, so I couldn’t be more pleased with the season. I’m definitely ready for vacation, then back at it in a couple of months.”

Bowe’s World Cup medal count stands at 14, including six golds. She called this year the best season she’s had so far.

“Coming back off the injury, it’s taken me two full years to come back and having results builds your confidence, and not having results for a year and a half it gets a little bit old,” she said. “You don’t know if you’ll ever have it back or did you miss your prime, but the skating shows for itself and the times show I’m better than ever.”

Two-time Olympian Joey Mantia skated to an eighth place finish in the 1500m with a time of 1:42.924, and finished fifth place overall in the World Cup final standings in the distance. The Netherlands’ Kjeld Nuis set a world record in the 1500m with a time of 1:40.176. He set the world record in the 1000m on Saturday.

“I’m really happy with my 1000, getting a personal best for the first time in years, it was really nice,” said Mantia. “I think finishing off this season gives me some perspective of what to work on next year. I’m really optimistic going into next season. If I can stay healthy and keep my body good, I’ll just keep getting stronger.”

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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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Brittany Bowe wins 1000m gold at World Single Distance Championships

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INZELL, Germany — Two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe broke the track record in winning the ladies’ 1000 at the World Single Distance Championships on Saturday. She is the current World Cup points leader in the 1000m and clocked 1:13.41 in her race to gold.

Bowe shot to the lead in front of Japan’s Nao Kodaira on the backstretch of the final lap at Max Aicher Arena, something she agreed was critical to her victory.

Full results are here.

“Being able to finish on the last inner (lane), you definitely have an advantage being able to see your opponent and hunt them down,” Bowe said through U.S. Speedskating. “Being paired with Nao, I knew I had to open fast so she wouldn’t get a good chase on the backstretch. I just tried to stick to my race plan, and then with one lap to go, it’s all guts and heart. I was really, really happy with the execution in that race.

“It’s been a couple of years since I stood on the top of the podium and heard my national anthem. I definitely get emotional, chills and goosebumps every time I hear the anthem. To be able to hear the anthem played for me and my country is always a dream come true.”

Another American in the field, Kimi Goetz finished 15th with a time of 1:15.89.

The World Single Distance Championships wrap up Sunday, where Bowe will race the 1500m and the mass start events will take place.

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