Brittany Bowe (USA) and Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) were crowned ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Champions in Astana on Sunday. The two skaters won with impressive margins and the fastest sprint combination ever skated on a lowland rink.
Both Bowe’s total of 149.600 and Heather Richardson’s (USA, 150.815) both were below Jing Yu’s (CHN) former best lowland sprint combination of 151.275. Bowe was the first champion since Monique Garbrecht in 2003, who won the World Sprint title without losing a single distance.
Kulizhnikov gathered 138.325 points. His lead over silver medal winner Hein Otterspeer (NED) was just over one full point. Only Eric Heiden (USA, 4 time sprint champion from 1977 to 1980) and Igor Zhelezovsky (BLR, 6 time world sprint champion between 1985 and 1994) did that before. Kulizhnikov became the second-youngest world sprint champion since Heiden in 1977.
There were ten personal best times over the whole weekend, and two track records (500m men and 1000m ladies) on Saturday.
The ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2015 concluded today with the crowning of this year’s individual and team champions. Sangjeong Kong (KOR) was crowned the Lady 2015 ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Champion, while Dagyeom Kim (KOR) took the championship title on the men’s side. In the team events, the relay champions for both the ladies and men’s competition were Korea.
Brittany Bowe (USA) and Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) took the lead in the ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Champions in Astana, where 27 ladies and 32 men contest the title. Bowe was one of the two favourites together with her compatriot Heather Richardson. The two Americans finished first and second in both the 500m and the 1000m, to put daylight between themselves and the fiercely contested third place. Defending champion Michel Mulder (NED) is only fifth after day 1, while Hein Otterspeer (NED) and Nico Ihle (GER) chase Kulizhnikov in a close battle for the title.
After spending yesterday racing through qualifying rounds in all individual distances, the World’s best junior short track speed skaters took the ice today in Osaka for the Ladies and Men 1500 m and 500 m finals. Hakyung Son (KOR) and Jiwon Park (KOR) concluded the day leading their respective World Junior Championship classification, highlighting a perfect day for Korea who won all four individual events
The ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2015 will open in Osaka, Japan on February 27 - March 1. It is the first time that Japan hosts these Junior Championships where 160 skaters from 32 ISU Members have been entered to compete