It was Nao Kodaira (JPN) leading the way yet again in the Ladies 500m on the second day of World Cup racing in Salt Lake City on Saturday. Finishing in 36.54 seconds, she was 0.04 slower than the day before, but the 31-year-old World Champion has clocked the second and third best time ever over 500m this weekend.
Lee Sang-Hwa (KOR), who still holds the world record with 36.36, again had to bow her head for the Japanese queen of the shortest distance. Lee was also a little bit slower than her 36.71 the day before, finishing in 36.79.
Five ladies broke their personal best times, with Arisa Go being the fastest. The others were Angelina Golikova (RUS), fifth in 37.31, Konami Soga (JPN) 15th in 37.95, Kaylin Irvine (CAN) 17th in 37.97 and Park Seung-Hi (KOR), 20th in 38.28.
Kodaira leads the World Cup ranking with 700 points. Lee is second with 510 points and Vanessa Herzog (AUT) third with 375 points. The Austrian sprinter came seventh in 37.34 on Saturday.