Brittany Bowe had a fitting final 1,000-meter world cup race, not only winning the gold medal and the 1,000-meter season title but also setting a world record on Saturday in Salt Lake City.
Bowe was one of the last competitors to race. Just prior to her starting, Japan’s Miho Takagi broke the world and track record with a time of 1 minute, 11.713 seconds to put her in first place. But the record stood for all of a couple minutes. Bowe crossed the line in 1:11.610 for a personal best, track record and world record.
The old world record of 1:12.09 was set by Nao Kodaira at the Utah Olympic Oval in 2017. Kodaira finished third Saturday with a time of 1:11.776. Bowe’s previous personal best was 1:12.180 on Nov. 22, 2015, also in Salt Lake City.
This is Bowe's 13th world cup medal of the season and her sixth gold. She also won the world championship in the 1,000 and took bronze in the 1,500 at the 2019 single distances championships, as well as bronze at sprint worlds. It was her first season winning world cup gold since a concussion suffered in a training accident in 2016 sidelined her. Bowe also suffered a concussion several weeks ago when she crashed on a bike.
Bowe claimed the 2018-19 season title in the 1,000-meter, finishing with 397 to Takagi's 310. This is the third season Bowe won the title at that distance and first time since 2016.
The world cup final continues on Sunday with races in the 1,500, 500 and mass start for men and women.