At Long Track World Cup 3 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.) won her second 1000m gold World Cup medal of the season, keeping her year-long 1000m gold medal streak alive.
“The preparation wasn’t ideal leading into this world cup as I was recovering from an illness,” Bowe said. “But I just stayed focused and slowly ramped up the intensity as the week progressed. Overall, I’m really happy with the weekend, taking home another gold in the 1000, finishing within striking distance in the 500m, and back on the podium in the 1500 to finish off the weekend. I’m looking forward to finishing up the fall world cup circuit strong in Japan next weekend.”
The win extends her lead in the World Cup to 120 points over Jorien Ter Mors of the Netherlands with 88 points after she finished eighth for the day. Bowe also grabbed a bronze medal in the 1500m with a time of 1:55.960, leading the team efforts before racing came to a close in Kazakhstan on Sunday. She holds tight in second place in the 1500m World Cup standings, three points ahead of Evgeniia Lalenkova of Russia. Ireen Wüst of the Netherlands leads with 174.
Team USA continues to gain strength in both the sprint and long distances, hitting the midpoint of the season. Kimi Goetz (Flemington, N.J.) finished second (1:17.140) in the 1000m division B races, with Brianna Bocox close behind in fourth (1:17.573).
For the men in the 1500m A, Olympian Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla.) finished a solid sixth place (1:46.256) behind the victor of the day from China, Zhongyan Ning who notched a new track record with a time of 1:44.918.
The women’s team pursuit A squad: Mia Kilburg (Crestview, Fla.), Goetz and Bocox, just missed the podium, finishing fourth (3:07.061) behind team Russia in third (3:04.346), and the pursuit winner, Team Canada (3:00.246). USA is now in a tie with China in the World Cup standings with 162 points, sitting in fifth place.
The USA men’s team pursuit finished second (3:48.283) behind New Zealand (3:47.340) in division B with Ian Quinn (St. Louis, Mo.), Ethan Cepuran (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and Emery Lehman (Oak Park, Ill.) The men’s squad in the team sprint, made up of Olympian Kimani Griffin (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Austin Kleba (Campton Hills, Ill.) and Brett Perry (Midland, Mich.), finished eighth.
Kilburg finished (7:20.750) just inside the top ten in the 5000m B behind winner Elena Sokhryakova of Russia (7:06.361). The Florida native was the only teammate to compete in the distance. Cepuran finished 21st with a time of 13:56.132 in the men’s 10,000m division B finals; Italy finished 1-2 in the category with Nicola Tumolero and Andrea Giovannini.
Returning to the sprint distances, Lehman skated to a strong fourth place finish (1:47.788) in the 1500m division B race. Teammates Goetz (2:00.704) and Bocox (2:01.199) would both finish in the top ten in the ladies 1500m division B, landing in sixth and tenth, respectively.
Adding to top ten finishes, Olympian Erin Jackson (39.137) and Bocox (39.257) finished 5th and 8th respectfully in the 500m division B races. Bowe skated to sixth place (37.835) in the 500m division A final behind winner Angelina Golikova from Russia, to maintain her fifth place in the World Cup standings.
Kleba began his weekend of racing finishing 26th (35.934) behind teammate Perry (25.870) just ahead in 25th place in the 500m division B races. Kleba would continue on to race the 1000m division B, finishing 34th with a time of 1:11.835.
Team USA will travel next to Japan for Long Track World Cup#4 in Nagano, December 13-15.
Brittany Bowe – 1000m – Gold
Brittany Bowe – 1500m – Bronze
Ladies Team Pursuit – 4th
Brittany Bowe – 500m – 6th
Joey Mantia – 1000m – 6th
Joey Mantia – 1500m – 6th
Men’s Team Sprint – 8th
Kimi Goetz – 500m – 16th
Kimani Griffin – 1000m – 20th
B Division Highlights:
Kimi Goetz – 1000m – 2nd
Men’s Team Pursuit – 2nd
Brianna Bocox – 1000m -4th
Emery Lehman – 1500m – 4th
Erin Jackson – 500m – 5th
Kimi Goetz – 1500m – 6th
Brianna Bocox – 500m – 8th
Brianna Bocox – 1500m – 10th
Mia Kilburg – 5000m – 10th
Ethan Cepuran – 10000m – 21st
Brett Perry – 500m – 25th
Austin Kleba – 500m – 26th
Austin Kleba – 1000m – 34th
“Really exciting to finish in fourth place today, especially with it being the first time the three of us have ever skated together as a team pursuit team. I went to the line with confidence in my teammates and their abilities and I think that confidence goes a long way in a race that’s all about working together. Looking forward to building off that one for the last team pursuit of the trip next weekend in Japan.” – Kimi Goetz
“We all skated in a different starting position in this week’s Team Sprint. Austin had a solid opener, Kimani carried the speed through his lap, and hung on for dear life. I haven’t been skating more than two laps for the last month-and-a-half since I’ve mainly been focusing on the 500m, so that third lap in the Team Sprint got to me.” –Brett Perry
“Since the start of the world cups this season it has great to go into each race and make small improvements every single time. I’m excited to build off each race to continue making good progressions.” –Brianna Bocox
“I had an alright 10K, I think I could have done better. I’m happy with our team pursuit. We improved on a lot of things from Poland and hopefully it keeps getting better.” – Ethan Cepuran
“I want to skate a consistent 5K in Nagano. It’s been a great learning experience skating 5 and 10Ks often and I hope to keep getting better at them as the circuit goes on.” –Ethan Cepuran