Brittany Bowe sets a new World Record in the 1000m

March 09, 2019, 6:42 p.m. (ET)

Fast ice and fast skaters made for world record times, national records and personal bests at the Utah Olympic Oval during the first day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Finals where the top 12 skaters in the world in each distance competed for final World Cup points and World Cup Titles.

It was a world record day for two-time Olympian and Olympic medalist Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.) as she skated to a gold medal in world record time in the 1000m with 1:11.61. This win was icing on the cake for Bowe after winning the 2019 World Single Distance Championships in the 1000m, and winning four world cup gold medals in the same distance.

“I couldn’t be more pleased,” she said. “It’s been a great season. This is the last race of the season on home soil in front of the home crowd and 1:11.6 is remarkable. Miho [Takagi] and Nao [Kodaira] [were] the first two ladies to break 1:12 with that 1:11.7. It’s tough to follow a performance like that but it also gets you excited, so I couldn’t be more happy today.”

Bowe also competed in the Ladies 500m (1), finishing just off the podium in fourth place (37.168). She races again tomorrow in the 500m (2) and the 1500m.

Two-time Olympian and 2019 Mass Start World Champion Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla.) skated to a personal best time of 1:07.348 in the Men’s 1000m to finish in 9th place and 10th in World Cup points overall. Kjeld Nuis set a new world record in the Men’s 1000m with a time of 1:06.18. The previous record was set by Olympic medalist Shani Davis in 2009.

World records were also set in the Men’s 500 (1) with Tatsuya Shinhama (JPN) setting a new world record (33.835) only to have that record broken minutes later by Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) with a time of 33.616.

Olympic medalist Carlijn Schoutens (Heemstede, Netherlands) skated to a tenth place finish in the Ladies 3000m with a time of 4:07.050.

“I struggled to find my stride early in the season,” she said. “I’ve been getting a little better every race. It feels great to end on a good note on home ice with my first top-10 finish today.”

Martina Sablikova (CZE) set a new world record in the Ladies 3000m with 3:52.027. She set two world records last weekend at the World Allround Championships in Calgary. Racing continues tomorrow with the Men’s and Ladies 500m (2), 1500m and Mass Start events.