American Brittany Bowe breaks world record

JOHN COON (Associated Press)
The Associated Press

KEARNS, Utah (AP) -- American Brittany Bowe broke the world record in the women's 1,000 meters Sunday in a World Cup speedskating race at the Utah Olympic Oval, finishing in 1:12.58.

Bowe broke the record of 1:12.68 set by Canada's Christine Nesbitt in Calgary, Alberta, on Jan. 28, 2012.

''I daydream about it,'' Bowe said. ''I've dreamed in my sleep about it. When it becomes a reality and finally hits you, it's a dream come true.''

American Heather Richardson was second in 1:12.61, and the Netherlands' Ireen Wust followed in 1:13.33.

Richardson also celebrated Bowe's victory.

''We train together every day,'' Richardson said. ''It's great to see her up on top.''

Bowe set her sights on winning the race after finishing second a day earlier. Setting a record didn't really cross her mind until the final lap.

''I knew if I could just hang on, it would be a really fast time,'' Bowe said.

Japan's Keiichiro Nagashima won the men's 500 in 34.24 seconds. The Netherlands' Ronald Mulder was second in 34.25, and South Korea's Mo Tae-mum was third in 34.28. American Mitchell Whitmore was seventh in 34.52.

The Netherlands swept the top three spots in the men's 5,000. Sven Kramer won in 6:04.59, Bob de Jong was second in 6:07.43, and Jorrit Bergsma third in 6:08.13. American Jonathan Kuck finished fifth in 6:09.73.

The Netherlands also won the women's team pursuit in 2:56.02. Canada followed in 2:56.90, and the United States was third in 2:57.09.

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