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American Brittany Bowe sets new world record in 1,000-meter event, wins another World Cup gold

The 31-year-old now has 13 World Cup medals this year and four golds in the 1,000-meter event

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) USA's Brittany Bowe competes in the Ladies' 500m at the Gangneung Oval during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Bowe finished in 5th place with a time of 37.530.

A sensational season featured another sensational performance.

This time, it was one for the record books.

On Day 1 of the ISU long track World Cup speedskating finals, American Brittany Bowe made history on home ice at the Utah Olympic Oval. The 31-year-old set a new world-record time (1:11.61) in the women’s 1,000-meter event, winning another World Cup gold medal. Bowe now has 13 World Cup medals this season — four of which came in the 1,000. Bowe won gold at the 2019 world single distance championships in the 1,000-meter last month.

Bowe finished fourth overall in the women’s 500-meter race Saturday. She will compete in another 500-meter race Sunday as well as the women’s 1,500-meter event.

“I couldn’t be more pleased,” Bowe said after breaking the record. “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 Nat [Kadira] [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.”

More world records fell on the fast ice in Kearns Saturday.

Japan’s Tatsuya Shinhama set a new world record in the men’s 500-meter, skating a 33.835, but saw his time broken just minutes later as Russia’s Pavel Kulizhnikov topped it with a 33.616. Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands made his mark, breaking the men’s 1,000-meter record with a time of 1:06.18, breaking the previous record held by American Olympic medalist Shani Davis, set a decade ago in 2009.

Martina Sablikova set a new world record in the women’s 3,000-meter, by skating a 3:52.027 after two world records set last weekend at the world all-around championships in Calgary, Alberta.

The U.S. had a couple more top-10 finishes Saturday. Olympian and mass start world champion Joey Mantia finished ninth in the men’s 1,000-meter race, while Olympic medalist Carlijn Schoutens finished 10th in the women’s 3,000. The final day of the last World Cup stop is scheduled to begin Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with the men’s and women’s 500-meter races, the 1,500-meter and the mass start.

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