Bowe breaks another World Record and wins the Overall World Cup Title in the 1500m

March 10, 2019, 7:29 p.m. (ET)

World records continued to fall today at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Finals at the Utah Olympic Oval. After records were set yesterday in the Ladies 1000m and 3000m, and the Men’s 500m and 1000m, world records were set in the Ladies and Men’s 1500m during today’s events.

After breaking the world record in the 1000m yesterday, Olympic medalist Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.) broke the 1500m world record today with a time of 1:50.327. That time held for two more pairs until Japanese skater Miho Takagi skated 1:49.839 for the new world record and gold medal. Takagi is the first woman to break 1:50 in this distance. Bowe won the silver medal and the Overall World Cup Title for the 1500m.

In her 500m (2) event, she skated to a sixth place finish (37.126) to end the season fifth in the overall standings. Today’s races bring her total world cup medals to 14, including six gold medals. Along with her 2019 World Single Distance Championship Title in the 1000m, and her overall bronze medal at the World Sprint Championships, Bowe is pleased with her performance this season.

“I was happy and optimistic, but I didn’t think [the world record] would hold,” said Bowe. “I’m really pleased with myself and the other ladies. They’ve done an incredible job this year and raised the bar, so I couldn’t be more pleased with the season. I’m definitely ready for vacation, then back at it in a couple of months.”

Two-time Olympian Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla.) skated to an eighth place finish (1:42.924) in his 1500m event, landing in fifth place overall in the World Cup final standings. Kjeld Nuis (NED) shattered the previous world record in the 1500m (1:41.02) with a fast time of 1:40.176.

“I’m really happy with my 1000, getting a personal best for the first time in years, it was really nice,” said Joey Mantia. “I think finishing off this season gives me some perspective of what to work on next year. I’m really optimistic going into next season. If I can stay healthy and keep my body good, I’ll just keep getting stronger.”

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“We had really outstanding performances by the American athletes,” said USS Head Coach Tom Cushman. “Amazing races by all of the athletes. The world records were so fun to watch. It’s speedskating and it’s fun to really watch that kind of speed.”

“It’s been a tough, hard, long year and I couldn’t be more grateful for the success I’ve had,” said Brittany Bowe. “I’m ready for some recovery time.”

“This is the best season I’ve had so far,” said Brittany Bowe. “Coming back off the injury, it’s taken me two full years to come back and having results builds your confidence, and not having results for a year and a half it gets a little bit old. You don’t know if you’ll ever have it back or did you miss your prime, but the skating shows for itself and the times show I’m better than ever.”