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Speedskater Joey Mantia Is Golden In Mass Start At World Single Distance Championships

By Karen Price | Feb. 10, 2019, 11:50 a.m. (ET)

Joey Mantia smiles after winning gold at World Single Distance Championships on Feb. 10, 2019 in Inzell, Germany.


Two-time Olympian Joey Mantia is once again the world single-distance title holder in the men’s mass start.

In his second race of the day at the ISU World Single Distance Championships in Inzell, Germany, on Sunday, Mantia outskated the rest of the world’s best with a time of 7 minutes, 35.660 seconds to win his second mass start gold medal. Mantia, who finished ninth in mass start at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, also won the title two years ago. This was his fourth time competing at the World Single Distance Championships.

Two athletes from South Korea rounded out the podium with Cheonho Um in second in 7:36.110 and Jaewon Chung getting the bronze in 7:36.300. 

Mantia finished eighth in the 1,500 meters earlier in the day. 

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Olympic bronze medalist Brittany Bowe also medaled Sunday, picking up the bronze in the women’s 1,500 just one day after cruising to victory in the 1,000. 

The two-time Olympian collected her second medal of the weekend with a time of 1:53.369. She was nearly a second behind winner Ireen Wust of the Netherlands, who broke her own track record with a time of 1:52.814. Miho Takagi of Japan was second in 1:53.323, just barely ahead of Bowe. Bowe also competed in the 500 at the championships and finished sixth. She now has a total of nine medals at the World Single Distance Championships.  

Also Sunday, Mia Kilburg-Manganello finished eighth in the women’s mass start while Kimi Goetz, who was competing for the first time at the event after transitioning from short track, finished 18th.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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