The first half of Brittany Bowe’s world cup season was dynamite, and on Saturday, the United States’ top long-track speedskater picked up right where she left off, capturing first place — and setting a track record — in the women’s 1,000 meters at Hamar, Norway.
The two-time Olympian swept around the Hamar Olympic Hall in 1 minute, 14.791 seconds, nearly half a second faster than Japan’s Nao Kodaira, the Olympic silver medalist in the event from the Olympic Games 2018 PyeongChang, who clocked 1:15.254. The Netherlands’ Lotte van Beek, a specialist in the 1,500, finished third in 1:15.429.
Earlier in the day, Bowe placed fourth in the 500, in which Kodaira set a track record of 37.254 seconds and Team USA’s Erin Jackson finished 16th. Two-time Olympian Joey Mantia was 10th in the men’s 1,000, and 2018 Olympian Kimani Griffin finished 19th to give Team USA two in the top 20.
Following a six-week break from competition, Bowe’s fourth victory gives her 11 medals this season. It also keeps her at the top of the world cup rankings list for the 1,000, where she finished fourth at last year’s Olympic Games. The 30-year-old from Florida, a former inline skating star, has won at least one medal at every world cup event so far this season.
Competition in Norway concludes Sunday with the men’s and women’s 1,500 and another round of races in the 500. The final stop on the world cup circuit will come in Salt Lake City in March.