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Brittany Bowe Wins First Speedskating World Championship

By Associated Press | Feb. 13, 2015, 2:16 p.m. (ET)

(L-R) Heather Richardson (silver), Brittany Bowe (gold) and the Czech Republic's Karolina Erbanova (bronze) stand on the podium with their medals after the 1,000-meter at the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships held at Thialf Ice Arena on Feb. 13, 2015 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands -- Brittany Bowe led an American one-two in the 1,000 meters Friday at the speedskating world championships, beating teammate Heather Richardson into second.

A year after a disastrous showing by the U.S. speedskating team at the Sochi Olympics, the Americans dominated at the Thialf oval.

Richardson set a new track record of 1 minute, 14.49 seconds in her pairing against defending champion Olga Fatkulina of Russia only to see Bowe shatter it again with her winning time of 1:13.90. Karolina Erbanova of the Czech Republic was third.

Bowe said her entire season had been focused on the race.

"Since the beginning of the year, my goal has been world single distance championships gold medal in the 1,000," she said.

Defending champion Denis Yuskov of Russia took more than a second off the track record to win the men's 1,500 in 1:43.36.

Denny Morrison was second, 1.72 seconds behind Yuskov, and Koen Verweij of the Netherlands was third.

World record holder Shani Davis could not emulate his American teammates Bowe and Richardson, finishing fourth.

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