Two-time Olympian and 2018 team pursuit bronze medalist Brittany Bowe won the silver medal in the final 1,500-meter race of the world cup season, earning the overall title at the distance and wrapping up her second ever Grand World Cup title at the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City on Sunday.
This is Bowe’s second Grand World Cup win, the first coming in 2016, and her fourth time finishing in the top three. It’s also her second overall season victory at the 1,500-meter distance.
For a short time, Bowe also held a new world record in the 1,500. She crossed the finish line in 1:50.33 to move into first place. That broke Heather Bergsma’s world record of 1:50.85 and would have been Bowe’s second world record in as many days after setting the new mark at the 1,000-meter distance on Saturday.
Unfortunately, she didn’t hold down the top spot for very long. Japan’s Miho Takagi, skating in the final pair, finished with a time of 1:49.84, cracking the 1:50 mark and setting a new track and world record as well as winning the gold medal. Bowe took silver and Russia’s Yekaterina Shikhova won the bronze in 1:50.64.
Bowe, who’s had a standout season, came into the final day of competition with 1,101 points, 212 ahead of Austria’s Vanessa Herzog in second place in the hunt for the Grand World Cup.
She also led in the 1,500-meter standings with 270 points, ahead of Ireen Wust of the Netherlands had 217 and Takagi 211. Bowe got 108 points for her finish and Takagi 120.
With Bowe’s win in the 1,000-meter race on Saturday, she finishes with 14 world cup medals this season.