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Speedskater Brittany Bowe Earns Fourth Medal Of The Season With Silver In The 1,000 Meters

By Blythe Lawrence | Nov. 25, 2018, 10:10 a.m. (ET)

Brittany Bowe competes during the women's 500-meter at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 18, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.


Brittany Bowe continued to make a big impression on long-track speedskating world cup ice this season, adding silver in the women’s 1,000 meters Sunday to her two bronzes from the 500 and 1,500 at the second ISU World Cup event of the year in Tomakomai, Japan.

Going into last week’s world cup season opener, the 30-year-old from Ocala, Florida. had only claimed a single medal at a world cup event since the 2015-16 season. That drought has been decisively broken: Bowe finished off her week at the outdoor rink in Tomakomai by gliding across the line in 1 minute, 17.656 seconds to earn her fourth medal of the young season.

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Japan’s Nao Kodaira finished off a successful week in her home country by pocketing gold in the 1,000 with a track-record time. The gold medalist in the women’s 500 meters from the Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 was 0.34 seconds quicker than Bowe, finishing in 1:17.318. Kodaira beat the previous track record of 1:18.70 set by Sayuri Yoshii. Austria’s Vanessa Herzog took bronze in 1:17.779, edging five-time Olympic gold medalist Ireen Wust of the Netherlands by 0.055.

“More Japanese hardware,” Bowe captioned a photo of herself on the podium Sunday that she posted to Instagram. She began the season with gold in the 1,500 last week in Obihiro following a year that saw her earn her first Olympic medal, a bronze in team pursuit, in PyeongChang. 

World cup action picks up again December 7-9 in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland. The event was the subject of a different photo posted by Bowe Sunday. “Next stop: Poland,” she wrote.

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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