First day of competition gets underway at the outdoor track in Tomakomai

By Rebecca Reza | Nov. 23, 2018, 7 a.m. (ET)

For the first time in a decade, an ISU Speedskating World Cup competition is being held on an outdoor speed skating track at the Tomakomai Highland Sports Center in Tomakomai City, Japan. The second World Cup for the long track team began Friday with snow flurries and 30-degree temperatures.

Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.) led day one of the competition for Team USA. The two-time Olympian finished 5th (38.940) in the A final of the 500m (1), behind Nao Kodaria of Japan who earned her 19th win in the distance, setting a new track record of 38.030. Bowe is currently leading the World Cup in the 1500m event after winning gold last week in Obihiro. The 1500m A finals will be held Saturday afternoon.

Olympian Erin Jackson (Ocala, Fla.) finished second in the 500m (1) B Final behind Kaja Ziomek of Poland, earning a spot on the podium. Kimi Goetz (Flemington, N.J.), finished 12th with a time of 40.880 and Kimani Griffin (Winston-Salem, N.C.), was 18th in the men’s 500m (1) B final, finishing in 36.920. Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands was the top finisher for the men (35.900).

Two-time Olympian, Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla.), finished second in his Mass Start Mens semifinal behind Cheonho Um of Korea (8:40.230) with a time of 8:41.150. Mass Start Finals will be held Saturday following the Ladies and Mens 1500m finals.

 

Highlights:

Brittany Bowe: 500m (1) A Final - 5th

Erin Jackson: 500m (1) B Final – 2nd

Joey Mantia: Mass Start Semi Final – 2nd

Kimi Goetz: 500m (1) B Final – 12th

Kimani Griffin: 500m (1)  B Final – 18th

 

Quotes:

"The weather was beautiful today, which made racing on an outdoor track a really awesome experience," said Erin Jackson. "I'm happy with my result in the first 500m and I look forward to rejoining the A group for the 500m (2) tomorrow."

"I feel better than last week for sure, keeping a positive attitude moving into the coming world cups to slowly progress back to where I should be," said Joey Mantia.

Complete results here

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