Heather Richardson takes world title 500m In the first 500m for ladies Brittany Bowe was the first skater under 38, finishing in 37.997. She was paired with Thijsje Oenema (NED), whom she could chase. Oenema had opened in 10.460 and Bowe in 10.639. Just before the finish Bowe overtook the Dutch hope, who finished in 38.025. For the first time in history the times were presented in thousands of a second.
Richardson’s opening was between Bowe and Oenema (10.581), but her lap was faster and the clock stopped at 37.703. In the penultimate pair Nao Kodaira (JPN) came close to Oenema’s time, but just missed it. However, her 38.047 was a good starting point for the next race, when she would have last inner.
In that final pair Richardson could take revenge on Bowe for the lost 1000m. Bowe had the faster opening this time, but Richardson managed a full lap of 26.99 to finish in 37.629, barely missing Jenny Wolf’s (GER) track record of 37.60. Bowe also skated faster than ever before in Thialf and could celebrate the silver after a 37.788.
Richardson: “I knew, since I won a couple this season, it was possible here. I wanted to open fast and see what I could do in the lap and that worked out for me today. Thankfully I was able to do two solid 500s. Brittany is fast also, like yesterday. We both want it. I had to forget about yesterday, today was a new day. We race each other all year, so we are used to that. It was a great day for the US with Shani also, he kept the momentum going. It was nice to see, I was really happy.”
Bowe: “I’m really happy for this medal. I peaked well. Nao (Kodaira) had a really fast time, but I had been working on my ranks in the 500 more, so I knew I could do it. Of course, Sang-Hwa Lee is fighting an injury and that is something I do not wish for anyone, so I hope she can be back in top shape.”
Emotional Davis nails it in 1000m “I’ve never been happier”, said Shani Davis after winning the Men’s 1000m. The 32-year-old American skated a very well balanced 1000m race against Olympic Champion Stefan Groothuis (NED) in the tenth pair. With 16.8, 25.2 he was still behind Groothuis after 600m, but with 26.4 he set the fastest final lap of the field to record 1:08.57. Groothuis finished in 1:09.13, to end up sixth.
Davis admitted to have cried after the race. “I have never been so emotional after the race. I couldn’t believe it. I would have settled for the podium.
“I have been struggling all year. I talked endlessly with all my coaches. The last two or three weeks I started to improve and today I was finally able to nail it.”
For full results of the ISU World Single Distance Championships 2015 please visit http://www.live.isuresults.eu/2014-2015/heerenveen-3/index.htm
The ISU World Single Distance Championships will continue tomorrow Sunday in Heerenveen with the men’s 500m and the ladies’ 1500m and Mass Start events for both ladies and men.