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Brittany Bowe Keeps Up Hot Streak With Two Bronzes In Speedskating World Cup

By Blythe Lawrence | Dec. 08, 2018, 10:55 a.m. (ET)

Brittany Bowe competes at the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 18, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.


For Brittany Bowe, the medals keep on coming.

Bowe added bronzes in the 500 and 1,500 meters to a growing collection on the long-track speedskating world cup circuit Saturday in Poland. Her sixth medal of the season came after she posted a time of 38.231 seconds in the 500, edging Russia’s Angelina Golikova by 0.12.

But the biggest excitement of the day was reserved for the 1,500, where one after the other, the top five finishers all broke Natalia Czerwonka’s track record in the event. Japan’s Miho Takagi, the reigning Olympic silver medalist, emerged as the winner after shaving more than two seconds from the record, finishing in 1 minute, 57.325 seconds. She was followed by Olympic superstar Ireen Wust of the Netherlands at 1:58.218 and Bowe, whose 1:58.254 held up for bronze.

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2014 Olympian Vanessa Herzog of Austria also set a track record as she claimed gold in the 500 in 37.949 seconds, beating her previous record of 37.97. Russia’s Olga Fatkulina won silver in 38.104, with Bowe right behind.

Bowe, who has an Olympic bronze medal from the Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 in the team pursuit event, claimed her first world cup medal since the 2015-16 season with gold in the 1,500 at the first world cup event of 2018-19 in Obihiro, Japan. A force in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500, the former inline skater picked up silver for the 1,000 and two more bronzes in the 500 and 1,500 at the world cup stop in Tomakomai a week later.

On Friday, she struck gold again, this time in the 1,000, where she set a track record of 1:15.399.

Blythe Lawrence is a journalist based in Seattle. She has covered two Olympic Games and is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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