Bowe breaks women's 1,000 record in World Cup event
Nov. 22, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — American Brittany Bowe broke the world record in the women's 1,000 meters Sunday in the World Cup speedskating event at the Utah Olympic Oval.
Bowe, from Ocala, Florida, finished in 1 minute, 12.18 seconds to break the mark of 1:12.51 set last week by teammate Heather Bergsma in Calgary Alberta.
"What Heather and I have going is pretty special — battling back and forth and breaking world records every time we've skated," Bowe said. "It's you versus the clock, nobody's getting in your way and whoever's the fastest is going to win."
On Sunday, China's Zhang Hong was second, and Bergsma, from High Point, North Carolina, third.
"I didn't think of times going into the race — I tried to focus on myself," Bergsma said. "Unfortunately, it wasn't my best race, but she had an amazing race."
On Saturday, Bergsma broke the world record in the 1,500 meters, topping the mark Bowe set in Calgary.
"I think us going back and forth shows our competitiveness and how bad we want to win," Bowe said. "Heather's always grateful when she wins, and it's just an honor to be able to skate next to her."
Russia's Pavel Kulizhnikov won the men's 500 meters in 34.13. He set the world record in the event on Friday with a time of 33.98.
The Chinese team of Zhang, Yu Jing and Li Qishi won the women's team sprint in 1:24.65. Canada's William Dutton, Alexandre St-Jean and Vincent De Haitre won the men's race in 1:17.75. Americans Kimani Griffin, Jonathan Garcia and Joey Mantia finished sixth.
Dutch skaters won both mass start events. Irene Schouten won the women's race in 8:27.19, and Arjan Stroetinga took the men's race in 7:19.76.