American Brittany Bowe sets world long track record in 1,500m
Canadians win 3 medals; two more world records fall on Calgary ice
A day after she held the 1,000-metre world record for a mere couple of minutes, Brittany Bowe made sure this one stood.
The 27-year-old American long-track speedskater broke the women's 1,500 metre record at a World Cup on Sunday.
Bowe crossed in one minute 51.59 seconds to win gold, lowering the previous world mark held by Canada's Cindy Klassen.
"Falling just short of the gold and world record (Saturday) definitely put some extra motivation in my body," Bowe said. "I channelled a lot of that energy into good skating, good race tactics and I knew I had to skate perfect to end up on top and to be able to get that world record is quite an honour."
Bowe's was the first world record on the day. Pavel Kulizhnikov of Russia broke Canadian Jeremy Wotherspoon's world mark of 34.03 in the 500 metres, skating 34.00. Canadians finished 2-4 in the race as William Dutton clocked 34.25 for second, followed by Alex Boisvert-Lacroix and Gilmore Junio. Boisvert-Lacroix was awarded third place as his time was rounded to 34.300, while Junio skated 34.304.
"It's been an unbelievable weekend for me, my previous best was seventh and that was in a world championship," said Dutton, a Humboldt, Sask. native. "To better that twice after considering retiring is pretty amazing."
Canada's third medal came from Ivanie Blondin in the women's mass start, who was third behind Kim Bo-Reum of Korea and Irene Schouten of the Netherlands. Londin is the defending World Cup champion in the mass start event which will be contested at the 2018 Winter Olympics for the first time.
Klassen had set the women's 1,500 record of 1:51.79 in Salt Lake City on Nov. 20, 2005.
Bowe said Klassen and fellow Canadian Christine Nesbitt were two skaters she looked up to as she transitioned from inline skating to speed skating in 2011.
Bowe said her fast times have been boosted by the number of fast female skaters this season. After Bowe briefly held the 1,000 record Saturday at the Olympic Oval, American Heather Richardson broke it again, skating 1:12.51.
"The ladies group this weekend has shown a whole new level," Bowe said. "(Saturday) four girls going under 1:13 (in the 1,000). When one person gets better it just raises the level of everybody else."
Other Canadian results from Sunday's action, Jordan Belchos was 15th and Robert Watson finished 16th in the men's mass start. The race was won by Bart Swings of Belgium.
In the women's 500, Heather McLean was 10th, while Marsha Hudey finished 17th. The race was won by China's Hong Zhang in a time of 36.94 seconds.
And in the men's 1,500, Vincent De Haitre was 16th. The race was won by Denis Yuskov in a time of 1:41.88 seconds.
With files from CBC Sports