A week after clinching her first medal in world cup competition since the 2015-16 season, two-time Olympic speedskater Brittany Bowe continued to make her presence felt at the ISU World Cup circuit, claiming bronzes in the women’s 500- and 1,500-meter races on the outdoor track in Tomakomai, Japan.
Going head-to-head with Dutch superstar Ireen Wust in the 1,500, Bowe’s blistering beginning had her leading all split times through the first 1,100 meters of the race. Wust, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in the event, remained unfazed to overcome Bowe during the last 400 meters, crossing the line in 1 minute, 58.74 seconds and shattering the track record of 2:00.29 set by Japan’s Miho Takagi.
Takagi finished half a second behind Wust for silver, bettering her own personal best on the Tomakomai track. Bowe was third with 1:59.82.
Bowe, who owns an Olympic bronze medal in team pursuit from the Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018, finished the 500 in 38.99, 0.73 behind Japan’s Nao Kodaira. Kodaira’s 38.263 was 0.26 off her personal best on this track, which also stands as a record in Tomakomai. Austria’s Vanessa Herzog was second, 0.3 behind the winner.