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Joey Mantia Claims Bronze, Brittany Bowe’s Win Streak Ends On Day 1 Of Calgary World Cup

By Chrös McDougall | Feb. 07, 2020, 5:08 p.m. (ET)

Joey Mantia reacts at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating on Nov. 23, 2019 in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland. 

 

Joey Mantia celebrated his 34th birthday with a bronze medal Friday as the fifth long track speedskating world cup of the season got underway in Calgary, Alberta.

Mantia, a two-time U.S. Olympian, finished third in the men’s 1,500-meter, a half-second behind winner Denis Yuskov of Russia. China’s Ning Zhongyan was second, just .02 seconds back.

This is his 10th 1,500-meter world cup medal.

The medal also marked Mantia’s third of the season, following a win in November in Poland and a second-place finish in December in Japan, both coming in the mass start. That event is where Mantia, a former world champion roller speedskater, has had the most success, including world titles in 2017 and 2019.

He should be a contender to win a third straight mass start title when the World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships are held on home ice at the Utah Olympic Oval next week, with competition running Feb. 13-16.

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The Ocala, Florida, native has never won a world championships medal in a traditional time-trial race, through he placed fourth in the 1,000 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. His best finish in the 1,500 at a championship was seventh at the 2015 world championships.

Mantia is also scheduled to compete in the 1,000-meter Saturday in Calgary.

The other big story from Friday came earlier when Brittany Bowe finished sixth in the women’s 1,000-meter, ending a U.S.-record seven-race win streak at that distance. Bowe, a two-time Olympian, is also the defending champion in the 1,000.

Competition wraps up Saturday in Calgary with finals in the women's 500, men's 1,000, women's 1,500 and men's 5,000.

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic and Paralympic movements for TeamUSA.org  since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.


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