Two Top-five finishes and a personal best highlights Day One in Obihiro

By Tom Haraldsen | Nov. 16, 2018, 8 a.m. (ET)

The U.S. Speedskating long track athletes took to the competition ice for the first time this season during the ISU World Cup event in the Meiji Hokkaido-Tokachi Oval in Obihiro, Japan.

Defending World Sprint Championships silver medalist and two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.) had the top finish of the Americans on day one, taking 5th in the first women’s 500m Division A race (38.133). The race was won by Nao Kodaira of Japan (37.496). Bowe’s 2018 Olympic teammate Erin Jackson (Ocala, Fla.) placed 18th (39.222).

Former short track skater on the USS National Team, Kimi Goetz (Flemington, N.J.), skated a new personal best time of 39.612 to finish 11th in her first long track world cup event in the women’s 500m Division B race. That race was captured by Russian Olga Fatkulina (38.183).

In the Mass Start Mens semifinal, two-time Olympian Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla.) finished 4th (8:53.37) in his round, with Russia’s Ruslan Zakharov winning at 8:51.290. Mantia will race in the Mass Start finals on Saturday. Mantia also placed 19th in the men’s 500m (1) Division B event (36.058).

In the men’s 500m (1) Division A race, 2018 Olympian Kimani Griffin (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was 17th (35.568). Winner Havard Holmeford Lorentzen of Norway crossed the finish line at 34.732. Day two’s events will include second races in both mens and ladies 500m, mens and ladies 1500m, and finals in both mass starts.

Highlights:

Joey Mantia: Mass Start Semis—4th

Brittany Bowe: Ladies 500m (1)—5th

Kimi Goetz—Ladies 500m (1)—Division B—New personal best

 

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“I am happy to still be improving my race executions and times,” said Kimi Goetz. “There’s still a lot of work to be done but I’m happy to see that I was able to set a personal best time in what I feel is my weakest distance. It's nice to have one world Cup race under my belt now so I can go into the rest of this weekend feeling a little more comfortable and prepared.”

 

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